In recent years the activities of SBS have developed and grown to include increased number of fields. Today, the two main fields of activities for SBS is Buddhist spiritual care and crises management.
Two Buddhist coordinators for spiritual care and crisis management are working since January 2013, with being a link between hospitals, government and Buddhist organizations throughout Sweden. Coordinators also organize training sessions for Buddhist spiritual leaders and contact persons in cooperation with the Swedish Commission for Government Support to Faith Communities (SST) and are planning to have educational sessions also for hospital staff. Coordinators are taking part in meetings, trainings and seminars, which the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) organizes in the field of crises management. The work with spiritual care and crises management is closely related, because the spiritual care is an important part of caring for people in crisis.
You can read more about Buddhist spiritual care and crises management on a separate page:
SBS furthermore informs its member organizations when it is time to apply for government grants and start-up grants. SBS is responsible for equitably distributing these grants. It is supporting SBS member organizations with information on how to build up a membership register in accordance with the requirements, presented by the Swedish state.
Another important issue, which SBS is committed to and supports is the Refuse to Hate! campaign, in which SBS and other faith communities in Sweden act together against hatred and violent crime, and for peace and harmony in society.
The Buddhist Cooperation Council of Sweden (SBS) is a member of the European Buddhist Union (EBU). Committed EBU member organizations are contributing to make the Buddhist voice heard at the EU level and the EBU representatives can engage in dialogue with other institutions and organizations in Europe about the issues that are important and common to Buddhists in Europe. At the same time the participating EBU member organizations exchange their experiences and support each other in terms of ideas and community involvement with Buddhist values as a base. The EBU was founded in 1975 and has today almost 50 member organizations in 16 European countries.
SBS also coordinates other projects, which are important for Buddhists and which is also a way for the community to meet and to network. This may involve, for example a joint Vesak celebration, the largest Buddhist festival that celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana.
In August 2015, SBS has been celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Stupa, which is a Buddhist monument. Stupa is placed closely to the Buddhist cemetery quarter at the Strandkyrkogarden in Skrubba, in an area which has space for cinerary urns and coffins, as well as for a ceremonial site.
Swedish Buddhist Cooperation Council is represented and works actively within several interfaith networks in Sweden, such as Interreligious Council of Sweden, Coexist and Interfaith Peace Forum.
And here is a link to the latest annual report.