The Uganda Buddhist Centre was founded by Venerable Buddharakkhita who is a Ugandan by nationality and is the first Buddhist monk in Uganda to introduce Buddhism into the country on April 10, 2005. It was created to introduce and preserve the Buddha’s teachings within the context of African culture.
The Uganda Buddhist Centre is the first Buddhist Centre in Uganda. It is located on two acres of land at Bulega, Garuga, Entebbe (about 5 km off Kampala-Enteebe main road). The centre is open to all people who wish to cultivate peace, harmony and happiness.
Programs and ceremonies organized at the centre are offered to the public free of charge, reflecting its commitment to universal access to Dhamma.
The Centre also houses a Buddha statue called “Mirembe” Buddha, which means “Peace” Buddha in the local Luganda language. This statue is made of brass and weighs 103 kilograms. It was donated by a group of generous devotees from Thailand and has distinctive African facial features. The statue symbolizes bringing the peaceful Buddha’s teachings to Africa, which has, in the past, been torn by wars and political problems.
Audience and community outreach
As the area surrounding the temple consists mainly of non-Buddhists, the targetted audience for the centre’s activities are for both Buddhist and non-Buddhists. While many expatriates and foreign visitors to Uganda are Buddhists, however Ugandans familiar with the Buddha Dhamma are relatively low.
The Uganda Buddhist Centre’s community outreach, inter-religious dialogues and cultural events serve the interests and needs of the general public, including religious groups, local educational organization and curious visitors. Visitors are welcomed to become members of the centre and attend any or all of the activities and programs.
The current abbot of the centre is Venerable Buddharakkhita.
The Uganda Buddhist Centre aims to create an enduring home for the preservation and transmission of the Buddha’s teachings by venerable and respectful teachers or masters established in Dhamma, and to continue to develop a landmark of Buddhist culture and teaching in Uganda and Africa as a whole.