About the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)
Traditional Buddhism in the East has taken many different forms, according the culture in which it has found itself. The variety that they present to someone who begins to take interest in Buddhism for the first time can be very confusing. How can schools so different form one another such as Zen, Jodo Shin, Nicheren and Tibetan Buddhism all belong to one single tradition?
It can be difficult to distinguish between what is the essence of Buddhism (Dhamma or Dharma) and what are simply cultural traditions. The aim of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) is to seek out the core of the Buddhas teaching that is found in all the traditions and present within the modern Western context.
There are many web sites with information about the FWBO. Here are one or two that we can recommend:
in Paris, France (English page) or in French...