Ven. Master Xuecheng, Abbot of Beijing Longquan Monastery, was elected as the vice president of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (The WFB) at the 28th WFB General Conference, which was held on 27th September in Seoul, South Korea. Being the highest decision-making body, the General Conference is held at every two years and responsible for holding elections to select committee members and personnel.
The WFB is an international Buddhist organization with its headquarters in Thailand and most of its presidents from Sri Lanka or southeast Asia historically. Initiated by Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera, it was founded in 1950 in Colombo, Ceylon by representatives from 27 nations. Although Theravada Buddhists are most influential in the organization, members of all Buddhist schools are active in the WFB. The WFB missions are propagation of Buddhism, promotion of solidarity and unity of Buddhists all over the world. At present, there are over 180 WFB Regional Centers in 50 countries distributed geographically worldwide. The Regional Centers include India, the United States, Australia, Canada and several nations of Africa and Europe, in addition to traditional Buddhist countries.