Western-orientated Buddhist group founded in 1967 by the British Buddhist Sangharakshita, who became a monk in 1950 after working for nearly 20 years in India much of the time among Ambedkar Buddhists. The group is in principle non-sectarian but tends to emphasize Mahāyāna teachings. A form of ordination is provided which bestows the title ‘follower of the Dharma’ (Dharmacari) on those admitted to it. This does not correspond to the conventional monastic ordination, and straddles the traditional distinction between laity and monks. Within the group emphasis is placed on meditation.study, and observance of traditional moral teachings. The FWBO runs co-operatives in urban centres where members live and work in communities and it has branches throughout the West and in India.