MITRA is an initiative that was inspired by the Intervarsity Buddhist Convention held at UTS on July 2002. At the convention, it was identified that more formal links between University Buddhist Societies were required to provide added resources for running better activities.
Representatives from UTSBMS, Unibodhi and MacBuddhi (including a few past executive committee members from MacBuddhi) formed the initiating team of MITRA.
MITRA, a Sanskrit word meaning friend, was selected as the name for the network as it represented role of the network. MITRA can be thought of as a helping hand for University Buddhist Societies.
MITRA aims to provide support for existing youth Buddhist societies, as well as assistance for new ones who are striving to grow. Regardless of whether it’s moral support, physical assistance or ideas, we hope that we will be able to help youth Buddhist societies to achieve their goals in propagating the Dharma.