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His Holiness XIVth Dalai Lama, 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate, Susan Woldenberg, Colin Butler, Dharamsala, India, 1990 photo: Tenzin Geyche Tethong
Since 2015 this has been the website for the NGO Benevolent Organisation for Development, Health and Insight (BODHI) Australia. Founded in 1989 during teachings by the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles BODHI has supported small scale development projects mainly in India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Tibet. We are possibly the world's fourth oldest Buddhist development (aid) organisation, following Tzu Chi - founded in Taiwan in 1966, the Karuna Trust, founded in the UK in 1980, and Gaden Relief Projects, founded in Canada in 1988. (We have ongoing links with each of these groups.)
"Bodhi" in Sanskrit can be translated as "true nature". "Bodhicitta" means the development of mind ("citta" or awareness) - that wants to be of benefit to all.
BODHI's partners and people are predominantly Buddhist, but not exclusively.
Our main aims are to improve:
Education, especially pre-school, primary and high school Health - and its determinants Human rights and tolerance People Founding Patron: His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama (1989 - present)
Running costs: BODHI's administration is largely provided by volunteers. Since 2017 we have paid Colin Butler 5% of the total income for the previous calendar year. In 2017 that was $1,558. Other running costs (bank charges, audit fee, government charge, website fee, donation for AGM venue) totalled $1644. In all, we spent 9% of our total income in 2017 on running costs.