Purpose

Purpose

The purpose of NASC including its temples is to support and promote inner peace, freedom and true happiness of all beings through the study of the teachings of the Supreme Gautama Buddha, (the Dhamma) in its religious, philosophical, cultural, historical, and educational aspects; to support and promote the practice of Dhamma; to provide North American monastic tradition training; and to strengthen the roots of Dhamma practice in North America, more fully described as follows:
  1. Disseminate Dhamma, the noble teachings of the Buddha.
  2. To establish infrastructure and facilities including new temples and maintaining existing temples.
  3. To organize and provide resident Sangha and such other person or persons as needed for the purpose and facilities mentioned in Paragraphs A and B.
  4. To organize and provide ways and means to properly educate the Sangha in languages, Dhamma and such other technical knowledge and research to fulfill the council’s purpose.
  5. To research and study how best the Sangha community in America can serve the American Lay Society and do all that is necessary to establish the most congenial Sangha and Lay relationship through the discourse of Dhamma.
  6. To establish ways to achieve uniformity among all temples in terms of religious work, dissemination of knowledge and information through methods decided and accepted by the NASC.
  7. To organize and hold seminars, discussions, lectures and such other activities to further the advancement of the Sangha and to ensure the welfare of each temple.
  8. To amicably resolve problems, differences, conflicts, and differences of opinion among the North American Sangha community.
  9. To provide an opportunity for the Sangha in America to have a continuing dialogue on all matters conducive to the purpose mentioned herein.
  10. To facilitate communications and publications including electronic and other media.
  11. To ensure collective participation in all religious, social and cultural events and ceremonies in temples in North America.
  12. To foster and find ways and means of collaborating and working with all Buddhist religious sects, and International Buddhist Organizations.
  13. To provide a forum of discussion, to resolve Sangha matters, to share new thinking, methods and knowledge, to participate in a common course of action, for the Sangha.