The mission of Waterloo Wellington Buddhist Cultural Association is to provide a place and forum for Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism to learn, understand, research, and practise Buddhism according to Sri Lankan Theravadatraditions.According to the Buddha, no one should accept Buddhist principles just because it was preached by the Buddha, read them in scripture, or are taught by priests. Instead of teaching doctrines, the Buddha taught how each person could realize the truth for themselves. The focus of Buddhism is on realization and practise rather than memorization and belief.
In spite of its emphasis on free inquiry, Buddhism is not whatever an individual wants it to be. It might best be understood as an exacting discipline. Although Buddhist teachings should not be accepted on blind faith, understanding what the Buddha taught is an important part of that discipline.
Waterloo Wellington Buddhist Cultural Association (WWBCA) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization established in 2010 to address these spiritual needs of Buddhists of Sri Lankan origin living in the Region of Waterloo and the Wellington County in Ontario. The activities of WWBCA are also aimed at inculcating and preserving the Buddhist traditions and the culture of Sri Lanka in the community.
The present and planned WWBCA projects include meditation programs and dharma sermons both in English and Sinhala, Pirith chantings, Sil programs, a dharma and a language school, celebration of traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Wesak and Poson festivals, and to make Buddhist literature and discourses freely available in different media to those interested. Foremost among these projects is the need to have a Buddhist Temple which can also serve as a centre for all Sri Lankans living in the region.