What is BLIA?

In response to the needs of local Buddhist practitioners, the Association was initially formed on February 3, 1991 in Taiwan. It was officially inaugurated as "Buddha's Light International Association" in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 1992 by the founding president, Venerable Master Hsing Yun.

BLIA is an organisation consisting of lay Buddhists who observe the practice of Humanistic Buddhism in daily life. Its primary objective is to serve all beings, spread a joyous spirit amongst people and to nurture the virtue of compassion. It places emphasis on education, culture, cultivation and service. The Association engages in activities that are beneficial to society at large. In Australia and New Zealand, the Association participates in activities such as Clean Up Australia Day, National Tree Planting Day and the Buddha's Day Multicultural Festival.
Over 100 BLIA chapters have been established around the world to date, in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, India, Brazil, Argentina, Africa and other regions. There are currently more than one million members worldwide.
In 2003, two major agencies of the United Nations, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and UN's Department of Public Information (UNDPI), granted special consultative status to BLIA.

Related Link: Buddha's Light International Association World Headquarters





BLIA Sydney: 
22 Cowper St., Parramatta
NSW 2150 Australia
Tel: 02-9893 9390
BLIA Melbourne:
BLIA Queensland:
BLIA West Australia:
BLIA World Headquarter:


The BLIA Sydney Branch was formed in June 1991 by a group of devotees dedicated to the propagation of the Dharma, cultural exchange, education and charity work.


To incorporate traditional Buddhist teachings into our modern lifestyles, so as to ameliorate the human race and rid society of ill conducts.
To organise Dharma talks and related events for the cultivation of the mind, so members may attain greater knowledge of Buddhism.
To provide opportunities for cultural and charitable events to assist those in need.
To function co-operatively with other Buddhist organisations internationally so that the ideal of the Buddha's light shines throughout the world and the Dharma water flows endlessly can be realised.


To promote Humanistic Buddhism
To establish a purified society
To cultivate purity in our hearts and minds
To realise peace on earth


Cultural Exchange and Education
Charitable pursuits in society
Support and care of monastic entities
Foster friendships within communities


Offering others confidence
Offering others joy
Offering others hope
Offering others convenience


What does the BLIA do?

The main function of the BLIA is to provide support for the Reverends of the Temple who have a busy and demanding schedule throughout the year. There are many areas in which members can help. These include activities such as preparations for important ceremonies, preparing food, meeting visitors and acting as guides.
During these times volunteers have the opportunity to meet a variety of people, learn about other cultures and experience the workings of the Temple.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to be a member?

No, many of our members are not Buddhists but they support our objectives. They enjoy being part of a diverse team, meeting new friends and working at the Temple. People who share the same purpose and goals as those of the association and share the view of Humanistic Buddhism are duly welcome. Membership is open to all who are 18 years of age and above.

How can I join?

Interested people are welcome to attend meetings and/or activities, as visitors. If you think that you would like to join the BLIA the people at reception will provide you with an application form. Please approach any of our members for details or further information. You can also visit our different branches to get more information about BLIA.

BLIA Sydney                                                  BLIA Wollongong Sub-Branch               
22 Cowper St., Parramatta                             180 Berkeley Rd
NSW 2150 Australia                                         Berkeley NSW 2526
Tel: 02-9893 9390                                            Tel: 02-4272 0600
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