"Do not go by revelation; do not go by tradition; do not go by hearsay;
do not go on the authority of sacred texts; do not go on the grounds of
pure logics; do not go by a view that seems rational; do not go along with a
considered view because you agree with it; do not go along on the ground
that the person is competent; do not go along (thinking) because the recluse
is our teacher.
'When you know yourself: These things are unwholesome,these things are
blameworthy; these things are censured by the wise; and when undertaken
and observed, these things lead to harm and ill? abandon them...
When you know for yourselves: 'These are wholesome; these things
are not blameworthy; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken
and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness', having undertaken
them, abide in them."
- The Buddha Sakyamuni
For beginning practitioners and
individuals with a more general interest in Buddhism, UTBF's Dharma centers
teach philosophy, meditation and specific Buddhist practices.
Most of our centers are located in metropolitan areas.
For those individuals ready to delve deeper into Buddhist practice and are
ready to have a more 'full-time' experience, UTBF offers offers retreat facilities for both
short-term and long-term retreats.
For the monastic community, UTBF offers support and training in a monastic
environment. The monastic setting is appropriate for full-time trainees
and for those who aspire to be future dharma teachers.
Concurrent with our teaching activities, UTBF is actively engaged in providing
spiritual guidance and educational training, and material assistance to those
in need of basic healthcare and emergency relief services. These services are
made possible through the support and participation of our members and through
generous donations from the public.