Description of Organization
North American Buddhist Alliance began in July 2015. At the time they were founded, no Buddhist network existed in the region. Given the rapid population growth of Buddhists and Buddhist groups across the U.S. and Canada, an information hub that informs the public about various Buddhist groups that exist and for these groups to share information or even take collective action seemed greatly needed. Hence, with an opportunity at the June 2015 International Western Dharma Teachers Gathering at Omega Institute, several dedicated individuals began moving forward to implement their quest. Twenty-nine Dharma teachers at the Teachers Gathering signed on as founding member groups. Sensing the need, a handful of members stepped forward to grow NABA and build their website. With this website, a quarterly NABA E-Newsletter, and opportunities for Member Groups to share event information and collaborative projects with one another and the public, the hope is that Buddhists and Buddhist groups will benefit from this North American hub of resources and interactions.
In 2018, a grant in the amount of $9,000 was awarded to North American Buddhist Alliance to help pay for a variety of expenditures to upgrade and administer their website to advance their American Buddhists for Racial Justice Initiative which is led by women and people of color to contribute to the U.S. Mahasangha through the Dharma of racial awareness. The mission of this initiative is to maintain a multi-lineage, multi-racial infrastructure and a national, online platform that supports, coordinates, and increases visibility of a diverse array of projects, within multiple sanghas and traditions, that focus on racial equity within Buddhist communities and racial justice in the U.S.A.