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Welcome to International Buddhist Association of America (IBAA)!

At IBAA, we are committed to a set of core values that serve as a path to help us become the Buddhist Organization we would like to be. Loving kindness towards all beings and environments. Engagement of people, resources, expertise for the benefit of Dharma and Society. Collaboration and cooperation among IBAA members in providing the services to Buddhist and all beings.

Our Vision

Guided by the highest aspirations of Buddhist wisdom and insight, IBAA has been founded to promote the Buddhadharma in America by acting as a unified voice for all American Buddhists at state and national level in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C....

Our Mission

To promote, preserve and protect Buddhism within the United States of America and abroad. This is done through the collaboration with all branches (yanas), for the benefit of all beings. There are five areas in which the Association will be active: Firstly, we will work to be the center of Buddhist voices advocating diversity and pluralism of religions in America at Federal and State level...

Our Values

At IBAA, we are committed to a set of core values that serve as a path to help us become the Buddhist Organization we would like to be. Loving kindness towards all beings and environments. Engagement of people, resources, expertise for the benefit of Dharma and Society. Collaboration and cooperation among IBAA members in providing the services to Buddhist and all beings...

Our Goals

Vesak White House Outreach: Reach out to all Embassies who are Buddhist and to get a letter endorsing lighting of candle inside White House in May 2018. Reach out to Congress and Senators who are Buddhist inclined to write a letter of endorsement VIP or celebrities to write a letter of endorsement (Asian American) Temples across the United States to send letters. Outreach to Buddhist Communities in USA: Agree list of US heads of each religious tradition to be contacted along with heads of different nikayas if necessary (Thai, Sri Lankan, Cambodian, Burmese, Korean, Laotian, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Tibetan, Nepali, Bhutanese, Mongolian, Bangladeshi, Indonesian and Western, (2200 temples and meditation centers in USA and their respective heads)...

Our Board of Directors

Ven. Dr. Thanat Inthisan (Thailand)

Ven. Dr. Thanat Inthisan (Thailand)

Chairman

Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa  (Taiwan)

Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa (Taiwan)

Dr. Sovan Tun (Cambodia)

Dr. Sovan Tun (Cambodia)

SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT

 Mr. Khiet Dang (Vietnam)

Mr. Khiet Dang (Vietnam)

Ven. Katusgastota Uparatana (SriLanka)

Ven. Katusgastota Uparatana (SriLanka)

VICE-CHAIRMAN - CHIEF THERAVĀDA ĀCHĀRYA

 Ven. Thongvanh  Dalavong (Laos)

Ven. Thongvanh Dalavong (Laos)

Treasurer

Mr. Prasarn Manakul (Thailand)

Mr. Prasarn Manakul (Thailand)

GENERAL SECRETARY

Mr. Souksomboun  Sayasithsena (Laos)

Mr. Souksomboun Sayasithsena (Laos)

Ven. Dr. Chanju Mun (South  Korea)

Ven. Dr. Chanju Mun (South Korea)

CHIEF MAHĀYĀNA ĀCHĀRYA

Mrs. Wangmo Dixey (USA)

Mrs. Wangmo Dixey (USA)

President

Mr. Matthew Regan (USA)

Mr. Matthew Regan (USA)

Assistant Secretary

Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin (Tibet)

Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin (Tibet)

Chief VAJRAYĀNA ĀCHĀRYA

Prof. B.N. Hebbar (India)

Prof. B.N. Hebbar (India)

EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT

 Dr. Joonbum Byun (South  Korea)

Dr. Joonbum Byun (South Korea)

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About us

Brief History By the middle of the 1970s the full functioning Buddhist Temples were very few in the United States. Today Buddhist temples and communities from different countries have sprung up and continue to grow in numbers. Therefore, an international organization wholly dedicated to collaboration and cooperation among the Buddhist communities is urgently needed. With this end in view, a small meeting was convened at Wat Thai Washington, DC on August 29, 2015 under the leadership of Ven. Thanat Inthisan (Ph.D.) and Ven. Katugastota Uparatana, and it was agreed by those present that an International Buddhist Association having these purposes should be founded. International Buddhist Association of America (IBAA) was established to promote and conduct the Spiritual Worship, Buddhist studies, and to perform religion activities in a spirit of non-sectarian tolerance of Buddhist communities in the United States.

Buddhism

Sri  Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos Cambodia, Vietnam  [minority]
China*, Taiwan, Singapore Korea, Japan, Vietnam [majority]
Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Sikkim and Ladakh regions of India NW Caspian Sea (Kalmyk) region of Russia

In  China, Buddhism shares the religious landscape with the two native religions of China, i.e. Taoism and Confucianism. In Japan, Buddhism shares the religious landscape with the native religion of Japan, i.e. Shintoism. In India, Buddhism co-existed with Hinduism and Jainism from 500 BCE to 500 CE. It practically disappeared from India after the Hindu Renaissance starting around 500 CE. In Nepal, Buddhism has co-existed with Hinduism to this day.

IBAA Communities

Map showing the three major Buddhist divisions: Three YANAs

Yāna (Sanskrit and Pāli: "vehicle") refers to a mode or method of spiritual practice in Buddhism, and in particular to divisions of various schools of Buddhism according to their type of practice

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us for more information or if you have any questions. We love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions.

Our Mailing Address

IBAA P.O. Box 464 Lorton, VA 22199