The European Buddhist Union (EBU) is an umbrella organization of Buddhist communities and organizations in Europe founded in 1975. It is open to Buddhist organizations of all schools and traditions.
Encouragement of contact and co-operation between the Buddhists in Europe and the development of friendly relations between Buddhist organizations are its main object. At present there are more than 50 member organisations from 16 European countries exchanging information and experience. The Inter-Buddhist dialogue is one of the priorities of EBU. The BTE (Buddhist Teachers in Europe) is one of the projects initiated by EBU to promote this dialogue between dharma-teachers active in Europe.
At present its executive board consists of Buddhists from U.K., Germany and Norway, belonging to different schools of Theravada and Mahayana. A council of experienced Buddhists support the work of the board. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) attracts delegates from a dozen European countries.
The AGM 2004 was held in Jägerndorf, Germany. The AGM 2005 was held at Szczecin, Poland; the AGM 2006 was held in Barcelona, Spain, the AGM 2007 in Cadzand, The Netherlands, the AGM 2008 in Arco, Italy, the AGM 2009 in Bettisfield, Shropshire, U.K., AGM 2010 in Velence, Hungary, 2011 in Roqueredonde, France and 2012 in Churwalden, Switzerland.
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