ULUBUDA is the ‘University of London Union Buddhist Association’, which aims to become a starting point for students and staffs of the University of London and those affiliated organisations who are interested to explore and to learn about the teachings and ways of the Buddha. There will be great opportunities for Buddhists and non-Buddhists to network, to exchange ideas, and to get involved in different cultural experiences.
The motivation to the submission of a proposal for ULUBUDA started after the realisation, that to date, throughout The University of London colleges, there has yet to exist any Buddhist Societies. The other reason which sparked off the determination in pursuing this idea was through the understanding that many students were interested in learning more about Buddhism but failed to find the nearest resource.
ULUBUDA, whose committee is composed of students, is able to relate closely to the student members and recognise the difficulties and confusion they may be facing in their academic career. Every person should know that they are not alone in facing this ordeal. That is not to say however, that being composed of students alone doesn’t have its limitations. It certainly does, for it lacks the wisdom of more experienced adults or practitioners, who have crossed many more milestones in their lifetime.
Therefore, our society will have the support and guidance from the other Buddhist organisations in UK, for instance BLIA London Fo Guang Temple, which is located on Margaret Street just 10 minutes walk from ULU. BLIA stands for The Buddha’s Light International Association which is an international well established
Buddhist Organisation with links all over the world.
Various important events by our society will include the participation in the Buddha’s Birthday celebration which is held annually in April at Leicester Square. This event has been hailed a success since it first started 10 years ago; the Mayor of London has declared it as an annual official cultural event. Other Society participations could also include the International Buddha’s Day procession in May, and participation in the Buddhist Sports day competition. Regular events will include talks, discussions, and classes held at ULU; plus social outings, weekly Sunday services and vegetarian cooking sessions at the Temple.