The Object of the Society is to publish and make known the principles of the major Buddhist Schools and traditions and to encourage the study and practice of those principles. Today, still faithful to its Objects, the Buddhist Society provides classes and courses in the teachings of the major Buddhist traditions, as well as a general introduction to Buddhism and its historical development.
In the process of expanding and improving its Library it hopes that this will become an important national resource. The Society has established two Raymond M. Percheron Research Scholarships for research in Buddhist Studies to be awarded from time to time.
The Buddhist Society maintains an important London centre in Westminster where visitors from across the Buddhist world come and are made welcome. The Society is happy to work in concert with other Buddhist organizations in order to fulfil its declared Objects and generally to help and advise wherever possible. The Society remains small but active, encouraging as a matter of policy the establishment of independent parallel organizations.
A Message to the Buddhist Society from its Patron, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama on the occasion of the Society's 70th Anniversary:
"The ultimate purpose of Buddhism is to serve and benefit humanity. I believe that since its founding seventy years ago the Buddhist Society has worked admirably towards making these ideals a reality. Converting other people to Buddhism is unimportant in comparison with the contribution we Buddhists can make to human society. The Buddha gave us an example of contentment and tolerance, through serving others unselfishly. His teaching is essentially to help others if you can, and if you cannot, at least not to harm them.
The Buddhist Society has remained true to its name, warmly open to all traditions of Buddhism. I am often asked whether the teachings and techniques of Buddhism, with its origins in Asia, are suitable for Westerners. Like all religions, Buddhism deals with basic human problems. So long as we continue to experience the basic human sufferings of birth, disease, old age, and death, there is no question of whether it is suitable or not. The key is inner peace. If we have that we can face difficulties with calm and reason, while keeping our inner happiness. The teachings of love, kindness and tolerance, the conduct of nonviolence, and especially the Buddhist theory that all things are relative are a source of that inner peace.
I offer my congratulations to the Buddhist Society on its seventieth anniversary with my prayers that your activities may continue to contribute to making a happier and more peaceful world." May 4, 1996.
The Buddhist Society, www.thebuddhistsociety.org
Other Buddhist organisations in and around London
The Buddhapadipa Temple, www.buddhapadipa.org (Thai)
The Jamyang Buddhist Centre, www.jamyang.co.uk (Tibetan)
The Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, www.samye.org/london (Tibetan)
The London Buddhist Centre, www.lbc.org.uk (Western Order)
The London Fo Guang Shan Temple, www.londonfgs.org.uk (Taiwanese)
The Mahamevnawa International Meditation Centre, www.mahamevnawaimc.org (Sri Lankan)
The Medicine Buddha Foundation, www.medicinebuddhafoundation.org.uk (Vietnamese)
The Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, www.reep.org/gardens/buddhism/uk-garden-peace.php (Japanese)
The Peace Pagoda, www.batterseapark.org/html/pagoda.html (Japanese)
The Three Wheels Temple, www.threewheels.co.uk (Japanese)