Council of Dharmic Faiths UK: 'The United Voice of Dharmic Traditions'

Thursday 6th July 2017

Greetings from the High Commission of India



Know India Programme (KIP) 2017tec

 communication & culture

Know India Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs is a two-three week orientation programme  for diaspora youth conducted with a view to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, culture. KIP provide a unique forum for students & young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views, expectations & experiences and to develop closer bonds with the contemporary India.

2.         Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India have inaugurated a portal for Know India Programme (KIP). The portal enables Indian-origin youths to apply online for KIP programmes.

 3.         Interested Indian-origin youths living in the UK can submit applications online for the following first four KIPs to be held in 2017  i.e. 41, 42, 43    & 44:


No.            Date                                  State Partner

41 KIP       8-17 September 2017                   Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh

42 KIP       4-13 October 2017                        Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh

43 KIP       6-15 November 2017                    Meghalaya & Assam

44 KIP       5-14 December 2017                    Andhra Pradesh & Telangana


Applications can be submitted online from 23 June to 21 July 2017.

 4.         If any further information is required, the Nodal Officer in the High Commission may be contacted.  His contact details are given below:


Name                          :           Shri Gyan Singh

Designation                 :           Counsellor(Passport & PRU)

Official E-mail ID        : 

Tel. (office)                 :           (+44) 2076323041


Monday 19th June 2017

Finsbury Park attack - Statement from Inter Faith Network for the UK


Finsbury Park attack - Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK and Moderators of the IFN Faith Communities Forum

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the horrific terrorist attack in the early hours of this morning at Finsbury Park and with their families and all others involved. 

The attack took place just outside Muslim Welfare House where, this weekend, a Great Get Together event was held, like other GGT events, “celebrating all that we hold in common”.  That event, like the mosque open days, other cross-communal events at Muslim Welfare House and nearby Finsbury Park Mosque and active engagement in the Islington Faiths Forum, has highlighted the extensive work of those bodies to create positive links, as well as the good relations that others locally have with them. 

Where terrorism seeks to wear the face of religion, or where innocent people connected to mosques or other places of worship are the subject of hatred and attack because of perceived links to terrorism, we must stand up for their safety and their right to live free from prejudice, suspicion and hatred. 

We must continue to stand together, support each other and work together for the common good.  

Earlier this year IFN, with Government, the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Police Chiefs Council and the National Fire Chiefs Council published short guidelines: Looking After One Another: The Safety and Security of our Faith Communities.  As we say in this “As faith communities we… have a role in responding to emergency situations and to inter-community tensions, both as individual communities and – very importantly – together.  In our shared society we are deeply interconnected.  An attack on one is an attack on all.”

We close, as we began, with thoughts and prayers for those affected and remember also all those killed, injured and bereaved in other recent attacks

The Inter Faith Network Co-Chairs and Faith Communities Forum Moderators

Notes for editors

1.   Press queries to Inter Faith Network: tel 020 7730 0410; email


2.   The Inter Faith Network for the UK was founded in 1987 to advance public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in Britain and to promote good relations between people of different faiths in this country. It works with its member bodies and others to carry out these aims.

3.   Member bodies of the Inter Faith Network include: national faith community representative bodies; national, regional and local inter faith bodies; and academic institutions and educational bodies concerned with inter faith issues. A list of member bodies can be found at

4.   A copy of this statement can be found at and a copy of IFN’s statement making policy at

5.   IFN’s recently issued guidance, Looking After One Another: The Safety and Security of our Faith Communities published in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council can be found at:
That document contains guidance on responding jointly to attacks on places of worship; working for calm at times of tension; and working to build on and strengthen existing good inter faith relations. It contains material about how and where to report hate incidents, cyber-attacks, and actual or suspected terrorist activity; where to find information on strengthening the security of buildings; and where to find information about working to build – and strengthen – good inter faith relations locally.

6.   A note circulated by the Department for Communities and Local Government following the recent attack at Manchester Arena, entitled Advice and Support for Community Leaders on Managing Tensions can be found at

7.   Further information about the Great Get Together can be found at 


Dr Harriet Crabtree, Executive Director

inter Faith Network for the UK
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Monday 22nd May 2017

Dhammic diplomacy at UN Vesak Day celebrations                                                                                                                                    

A Dhammic diplomacy was displayed at the 14th United Nations Vesak Day celebrations, which were held in Sri Lanka from 11 to 14 May. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Nepalese President, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, joined the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, on the theme: "Buddhism, sustainable development and world peace”. Special representatives from 72 countries participated in the celebrations.

Welcoming participants, President Sirisena said that the Buddhistphilosophy has provided solutions for conflicts and poverty. He said: “As Buddhists, we know that the solutions for the social, economic, political and cultural issues arisen both nationally and internationally are in the Buddhist philosophy.”

Addressing the debilitating caste system, which is still prevalent in some SouthAsian countries, the Sri Lankan President highlighted two messages from Buddhism: “Dhammo Bhave Rakkhathi Dhamma Chari” – One who lives with Dhamma isprotected by the Dhamma and “Najachcha Vasalo Hothi – Najachcha Hothi Brahmano” -- Not by birth is one an outcast, not by birth is one a Brahmana. By deed is one an outcast, by deed is one a Brahmana”.

He said: “The importance of this message given in the Buddhist philosophy to find solutions to most conflicts, to make the society calm and to make humans meritorious is immeasurable. Today, the western philosophers promote the Buddhist Philosophy to heal all theagitated minds, with a clear understanding of this philosophy.”

(photo below: President Sirisena, Prime Minister Mody and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe)

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said that the Buddha's teaching is the best solution for the biggest challenge to sustainable world peace today, He went on: "The biggest challenge to sustainable world peace today is not necessarily from conflict between the nation states.”

(photo below: Prime Minister Mody and President Sirisena and the famous Temple of the Tooth at Kandy, central Sri Lanka)

"It is from the mindsets, thought streams, entities and instruments rooted in the idea of hate and violence. The Menace of terrorism in our region is a clear manifestation of this destructive emotion.”

The Indian Prime Minister said it was a matter to be sad that those ideologies of hate and their proponents in the region were not open to dialogue and open only to causing death and destruction.

"I believe that Buddhism's message of peace is the answer to the growing arc of violence all over the world," Indian Premier said.

Pointing out that Buddha's teaching was relevant even for today and Buddhapreached about tanha or greed, he said the same greed had driven the mankind todominate and degrade their habitats. The universality of the Buddha's teaching; the middle path, is striking.

The Indian Prime Minister said: "The world also owes a debt of gratitude to SriLanka for preserving some of the most important elements of the Buddhist heritage. Vesak is an occasion for us to celebrate the unbroken shared heritage of Buddhism. A heritage that connects our societies across generations and through centuries.”

(photo below: President Bhandari and President Sirisena)

The President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari participated as the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. Former Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal, she highlighted the teachings of the Buddha and its relevance in the present day context for the world peace and social harmony. She also conveyed the message of peace, tolerance and fraternity to the world from Nepal, the land of Gautam Buddha.

President Bhandari said: “Buddha is the light of the world. We should practicehis teachings to create a better world”. The Nepalese President outlined plans the continued development of Lumbini, which is a World Heritage Site.

At the closing of the celebrations, the UN Vesak Day Council agreed to initiative programmes to: establish an international platform to enable Buddhists to coordinate their activities; promote the links between Buddhism and sustainable development; tackle the dangers of materialism; ward of the production and distribution of weapons of mass destruction; promote inter-religious harmony; and promote and disseminate the message of Buddhism and counter drug addiction and abuse. 

Photo credits: courtesy Government of Sri Lanka

Don de Silva is a Buddhist Chaplain, environmentalist and formerly with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


     Buddhism          Hinduism      Jainism        Sikhism     Zoroastrianis

Baisakhi 2017 is on April 14, Friday

The auspicious festival of Baisakhi is celebrated on first day of Vaisakh month (April-May) according to the Nanakshahi calendar. Hence, the festival of Baisakhi is also popularly known as Vaisakhi.  Baisakhi falls on April 13 every year and on April 14 once in 36 years. This variation in date is due to the fact that date of Baisakhi is reckoned according to the Indian solar calendar and not the lunar calendar.

The date of Baisakhi festival has tremendous significance in Sikhism. They celebrate the festival as a collective birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh and the foundation of the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood) in 1699. Sikhs all over the world celebrate the day with lot of enthusiasm and joy.
On this joyous occasion, May Waheguru accept your hard word & reward you a life full of success.

Happy Baisakhi!

Mahavir Jayanti 2017

9th of April2017

The most important of all Jain festivals, Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Vardhaman Mahavir, the founder of Jainism and the 24th tirthankar (religious guru) of the faith. Mahavir was born sometime in the 7th century BC, and his birth anniversary is celebrated with much fervour at Jain temples across the country. Shrines and temples are decorated with flags for the occasion, and on the day of the festival, the idol of the tirthankar is given a ritual bath before being taken out, ensconced in a cradle, in a grand procession.

The custom of donating money, food and clothing to the poor is also an important aspect of celebrating Mahavir Jayanti. In addition, Jain organisations (in some cases, even individuals) arrange for free food and drink for all passersby. Important Jain shrines such as Sri Mahavirji in Rajasthan; Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat; Parasnath Temple (Kolkata) and Pawapuri in Bihar host major celebrations to mark Mahavir Jayanti.


 On the day of Jamsheedi NoRuz, Tuesday 21st March 2017, the trustees and members of Council of Dharmic faiths UK convey the warmest wishes to all OUR Zoroastrian friends   celebrating NoRuz in Britain, Iran and around the world.

At this time of the year families and friends will be gathering to celebrate the New Year and mark the start of spring

To everyone celebrating NoRuz in UK, we wish them all a happy, prosperous, healthy and peaceful New Year

About Us

With the aim of encouraging friendship, goodwill, respect, equality, understanding  between Dharmic Faiths, having a common cultural background, developed in India, namely Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism ( in association with Zoroastrianism) , on the basis of a shared cultural tradition, the participating faith  leaders and organisations have agreed to cooperate in advancing the public knowledge of these Faiths  and their communities in Britain including the understanding of their teachings, traditions and practices.

To facilitate this aim the Council of Dharmic Faith shall be established for deliberating on the common interests of their communities, organisations, leaders and workers in the UK, creating a united voice for representing these to the authorities, for encouraging educational dialogue, for promotion of good relations with other faiths and communities, and for promoting Dharmic values within their communities and wider public.

Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

The Government is aware that many places of worship have been subject to hate crimes; including graffiti, broken windows and in some cases, serious damage as a result of arson. 

Challenging hate crime is a key priority for the Government and that is why in July 2016 we launched “Action against Hate”, a comprehensive cross Government plan to tackle hate crime.

The new hate crime action plan focuses on five key areas:

·         preventing hate crime by challenging beliefs and attitudes;

·         responding to hate crime within our communities;

·         increasing the reporting of hate crime;

·         improving support for victims of hate crime; and

·         building our understanding of hate crime.

The plan includes a range of new actions, including a scheme for protective security measures at places of worship buildings (e.g. churches, gurdwaras, mosques, temples etc).


About the scheme 

The aim of the scheme is to provide protective security measures such as CCTV cameras, locks or intruder alarms to places of worship that have been subject to or are vulnerable to, a hate crime attack. In order to be eligible for the scheme you must provide evidence that:

  • Within the last two years your place of worship has been subject to a hate crime attack or;
  • Evidence of hate crime against a place of worship, not necessary of the same faith and within a 2 mile radius.

You will  need to demonstrate that any crimes committed at your place of worship or one from your local community, not necessary of the same faith and within a 2 mile radius was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief.

The value of the scheme is £2.4m over three years with £800,000 being made available for each year of the scheme.

There is no cap on the amount of money that can be bid for. However, costs must be proportionate to the security measures needed and successful applicants will be required to meet 20% of the total cost of the security equipment if successful.

59 places of worship were approved for funding under last years scheme.

Funding for the second round of bids will open on 3 April 2017 for eight weeks.

How to apply for funding

You are encouraged to apply for funding if you can show that your place of worship has been subject to a religious or racist hate crime within the last two years or is at risk of a hate crime.    

Step 1 – Provide evidence

The evidence that you will need to provide can include police reports, records of incidents or photographic evidence.


Evidence that another place of worship within a two mile radius has been subject to a hate crime attack in the last two years

Step 2 – Arrange a site survey

Arrange a site survey for your place of worship and discuss your security requirements with the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) or your local Crime Prevention Design Adviser (CPDAs) and get them to complete the assessment form, which will be used to obtain 3 quotes.

Step 3 – Find an approved security installer

Provide three quotations from approved security installers, ensuring the company are from a recognised certified body (e.g. SSAIB, NSI, MLA).  This provides assurance that they are a reputable and trusted contractor that has been independently verified as meeting industry standards.  

Step 4 – Online application

Complete the online application form and attach all the supporting documents. This will include the assessment form, three quotations and evidence of hate crime.

Full details of the bidding process is available on GOV.UK website from April


Your local Crime Prevention Design Adviser (CPDA) may have information on incidents of hate crime at places of worship in your area http:

If you have any questions or need support in completing the application please email





 Video of the speech: CoDF Representation during the recent Ramanuja Jayanthi celebrations, UK. 28th April 2012

Our Vision and our Activities

At the core of our activities is the concept of Dharma which shapes the way in which relate to the world, ourselves and others.

Enhancing the knowledge about the practices and principles of the Dharmic faith traditions is a key element of our activities and

this is done through dialogue in its many forms whether individual or collective.

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