MISSION

The mission of Buda Association

It is to promote the construction of knowledge and teaching of Buddhism and Buddhist science, as well as Christianity, as a religious and academic study, through theology, acting on projects aimed at education, both on national and international soil in order to allow the engaging in partnerships aimed at promoting academic study, teaching and debate, as well as national and international humanitarian aid.

VIEW

Deem to be a center of education

and national and international coexistence, based on an understanding of canonical texts in Buddhism, Buddhist science and Christianity, in a structural model of excellence in education and social work.

 

 

VALUES

Based on Buddhist moral values

with roots in compassion and altruism, we work with dedication, efficiency, honesty, friendship, loyalty, social and environmental responsibility, respect and promptness, even in the most adverse moments. These values represent and guide our conduct, both individually and socially.

MISSION

The mission of Buda Association

It is to promote the construction of knowledge and teaching of Buddhism and Buddhist science, as well as Christianity, as a religious and academic study, through theology, acting on projects aimed at education, both on national and international soil in order to allow the engaging in partnerships aimed at promoting academic study, teaching and debate, as well as national and international humanitarian aid.

VIEW

Deem to be a center of education

and national and international coexistence, based on an understanding of canonical texts in Buddhism, Buddhist science and Christianity, in a structural model of excellence in education and social work.

 

VALUES

Based on Buddhist moral values

with roots in compassion and altruism, we work with dedication, efficiency, honesty, friendship, loyalty, social and environmental responsibility, respect and promptness, even in the most adverse moments. These values represent and guide our conduct, both individually and socially.

No centro da imagem, encontram-se os professores Plínio Marcos Tsai (fundador da Associação BUDA), monge Jonathan Raichart (Lobsang Chogni) e alunos idealizadores da Associação Buddha Dharma.

At the center of the image, teacher Plínio Marcos Tsai (founder of the BUDA Association), teacher venerable Jonathan Raichart (Lobsang Chogni) and students of the Buda Darma Association.

Our Story

Our Story

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Establishing our headquarters

In 2007 there was still no institutional headquarters for our Association. At that time, there were only occasional gatherings at the place of those interested in Buddhism, who formed a very small group in the neighbourhood of Barão Geraldo, in Campinas (countryside of São Paulo state, Brazil). Over time, the number of interested parties increased. This resulted in the creation of legal status for the BUDA Association (which was called “ITG” at the time) and the establishment of the first headquarters in 2008, in a rented house located in a neighbourhood of Campinas. The Association was being built gradually, always adapting to the growing number of approaching students.

In 2011, the physical location changed to Valinhos (a town close to Campinas). Initially, the headquarters were located at the Vale Verde neighbourhood, in an area of industrial sheds. Due to the increasing number of interested and associated people, there was then a second change to the place we are based at the moment. The current headquarters is completely dedicated to the service aimed at members: we have a classroom, a library containing a decent catalogue of books, in addition to study areas for students and also a training area for doing physical exercises and for teaching Buddhist-originated martial arts.

No ano de 2019, os associados e diretores da ATG decidiram, por unanimidade, alterar o nome da instituição: ao invés de “Associação Tathagatagarbha”, passamos a nos identificar como “Associação Buddha Dharma” (BUDA), o que simplificou a nossa identificação perante a sociedade local.

Social actions

The Social Action Projects became the central part of the BUDA Association from the moment we moved to Valinhos. Before that, there were social activities focused on humanitarian aid, in some isolated efforts at national and international level. However, due to the change of the headquarters to Valinhos, a new impetus of social aid arose and the BUDA Association began to assume social projects next to the public administration entities in Valinhos.

These initial activities were based on aid to an Indian-based Tibetan refugee community - in particular, we devote our efforts to education, care and shelter for orphans in India. Thus, during 2007 to 2014, the following institutions were benefited: Sera Jey Children Monastery Care of House 3, Little Flower Nursery and Tibetan Children's Village.

From 2015 onwards, BUDA Association turned to educational projects and to promoting social and human values within the local communities, continuing the development of social actions. This reorientation of focus enabled a partnership with the project Casa da Criança e do Adolescente de Valinhos (‘Valinho’s Child and Adolescent Home’ as a free translation for the name). Since then, our participation in partnerships with projects from the local sphere has been increasing, such as in cultural activities in municipal public schools, stablished to promote themes related to Health, Law, Ethics, Music and Art. The purpose of BUDA Association is to expand its projects in order to offer our social contribution, such as teaching at schools and contributing to the cultural development of the region as a whole.

Learn more about Social Actions Projects:Click Here

Relations with the Municipality of Valinhos - Public Utility

BUDA Association, whose purpose has been always to contribute actively to the Education and Culture development of Valinhos citizens, formally requested to the legislative body of Valinhos to be acknowledged as a Public Utility Institution, by means of an official declaration. For the purpose of proving our insertion in the local society, we gathered documents that recorded all our social and educational activities currently in progress in the city. Thus, the city councilors approved our request and so BUDA Association was recognized as an institution of Public Utility for the Municipality of Valinhos in 2017. From this formal acknowledgement on, BUDA Association has established several partnerships with the Municipal Secretary of Culture and with the Entity CAPV (Círculo de Amigos dos Patrulheiros de Valinhos). Therefore, we had the opportunity to actively collaborate in the Valinhos Women Rights Municipal Council (CMDM), "Festa do Figo" (a traditional annual fruit festival), among other activities that are taking place. For this purpose, we always count on the help and engagement of our associates.

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Teaching Structure: from traditional “LamRim” Structure to Academic Training in Buddhist Sciences

In 2007, we had started classes that were gradually becoming the academic training course in Buddhist Sciences of our Association. Initially, there was no academic course in Buddhist Sciences yet, but there was a systematic study of some core texts of the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, such as the "The Gradual Treatise of the Essence of Refined Gold" (Lamrim Shershoonma), also the "The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Complete Awakening" Lamrim Chenmo), among others. The rhythm of these studies followed the degree of interest of the associates: in the beginning, the associates dedicated themselves for only one lesson per week, whose duration was of maximum two hours - a very slow pace. But over time, with the entry of new associates, who wish to study systematically, the teachers were organizing the courses according to the academic and international Buddhist Science molds and later in the molds of the Ministry of Education (MEC) of Brazil consolidating the Buddhist Sciences. Because of the pace, the courses being free, which required less commitment from the students, with classes always depending on their time availability, the first class of Buddhist Sciences reached the completion of the Training Course program after 10 years from its beginning.

Academic Training in Buddhist Sciences

The preference and adoption of the academic language as well as the dialogue with Western Philosophy and Christianity had already occurred since 2007. However, it was only in 2016 that the Instituto de Teologias Cristãs e Ciências Budistas (Institute of Christian Theology and Buddhist Sciences) was finally established, namely: an institution oriented to the promotion of technical and scientific language as well as academic methods for a rigorous and systematic study of Buddhism. In this way, the current setting of the course was officially created as an academic training in Buddhist Sciences. Once the distance learning system had been consolidated, we modified the classes settings (in terms of language and visual production) in order to adapt to a virtual platform. From this measure, we were able to reach more and more students in more locations. In addition, our first graduated became teachers and, as a result, we began to offer more disciplines, which were aligned with the respective expertise areas of each one of them.

With the development of the initial courses of the Geluk Tradition, through the constant dialogue with the students, there was a need for change to the Buddhist Sciences register. This change was due to the distance between the worlds. Get to know ITCB: Click Here.

ABD Publishing: Booklets and Books

Buddhist knowledge usually comes from reading traditional texts, written by Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan authors, which are continually reinterpreted. These writers wrote as well as translated the fundamental Indian Buddhist texts into their respective native languages, a period between the 1st century and the 13th century CE. In fact, there is not any considerable volume of translations of these fundamental texts into the Portuguese language yet. So, in order to bring this knowledge into our linguistic register, we had to establish a translation committee, which came into existence even before the creation of the Association, around 2005. This work was carried out by the founder of the Association, Plínio Marcos Tsai, who continues the work of philosophical translations and commentaries, giving unreservedly all copyrights to our Association. When we began publishing these works in 2017, the BUDA Association started to work on what would become what is nowadays is called ABD Publishing. Currently, ABD Publishing has a large collection of books and schoolbooks, duly published and recorded.

Get to know about our ABD Publishing: Click Here

Monastic Life

The arrival of the venerable monk Lobsang Chogni (Jonathan Raichart), who holds the highest degree within the Tibetan monastic order (a title that identifies him as a "Gelong") brought the possibility for those interested in joining the monastic life, according to the ethical precepts of the Buddhist tradition. Monk Chogni, since then, has granted the ordination vows to Brazilian novice monks and novice nuns. Throughout these years, up to the present time, some of the students have remained as monks. However, even those who have abandoned the monastic life still continue to actively take part in the activities of the Association. In 2012, there was a trip of Association members to India, which enabled the nuns to enter the highest degree within the monastic order of the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (the level of “Getsunma”), under the guidance of the monastic body of the Sera Jey Monastery, in India. Monastic life remains one of the central aspects of the BUDA Association, which encompasses the systematic study and constant cultivation of the Normative Ethical Code ("Vinaya") of the monastic tradition called Mulasarvastivada. There is also a systematic study of another Normative Code of Ethics ("Vinaya"), which stems from the "Dharmagupta" tradition; it is currently more present in China and Japan and it places a great deal of emphasis on equality between monks and nuns.

Learn more about our monks and the Buddhist tradition Geluk: Click Here

Academic and Interfaith Dialogues

One of the fundamental characteristics of the BUDA Association and the Instituto de Teologias Cristãs e Ciências Budistas (Institute of Christian Theology and Buddhist Sciences) is the continuous effort to promote academic dialogue, especially in Philosophy, Social Sciences, History, Law, Quantum Physics, Linguistics, Psychoanalysis, Psychology and Sport. Moreover, we also do not overlook the importance of inter-religious dialogue, particularly between Buddhism, the various denominations of Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Methodist Church, Kardecist Spiritism and Umbanda) and Islam, among others. Get to Know.

Institutional Body

According to the BUDA Association Statute, the executive institutional body rotates periodically.

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PLÍNIO TSAI

Founder
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WAGNER MILANEZI

Chief Financial Officer
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CIBELE FURLAN

President
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PATRÍCIA PALAZZO

Legal Director
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NAYARA TAKAHASHI

General Director
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TATTIANE MARQUES

Public Relations

Recognition