BYLAW

of

LANSING BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION

(L.B.A.)

 

ARTICLE I

PRINCIPLE PLACE

 

The principle office for the transaction of the business of the corporation is hereby located at 2001 Valley Brook Drive, in the Township of Meridian, County of Ingham, State of Michigan.  The Board of trustees may at any time or from time to time change the location to another in said or neighboring county.

 

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this corporation is to teach Buddhism, to encourage philanthropy, to help others to achieve the state of enlightenment, and to establish and operate an AMITABHA PURELAND RETREAT CENTER.  This corporation is a religious corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person.  No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any political candidate of public office.  No part of the net income or assets of this corporation shall ever inure to benefit any trustee, officer, or member thereof or to benefit any private person.  Upon the dissolution or winding up of the corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this corporation shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation which is organized and operated exclusive for religious purpose and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1. MEMBERS.  There shall be one (1) class of members and any person may become a member of this corporation who is in sympathy with the purpose of this corporation, shares a belief in religion of Buddhism, and has indicated an interest in furthering its program.  To be recognized, members shall register with the secretary of the organization. 

 

Section 2. REMOVAL.  An individual may be removed as a member of the corporation by the Board of Trustees or its designated agency with cause.

 

Section 3. MEETINGS.  The annual meeting of the members of the corporation shall be held in the month of December at the principle office of the corporation.  Notice of such annual meeting shall be given by a phone call, mail or e-mail.  Special meeting of the members may be called in the same manner as special meetings of the Board of the Trustees.

 

Section 4. LIABILITIES AND PROPERTY RIGHTS OF MEMBORS.  No member of the corporation now or hereafter elected shall be personally liable to its creditors for any indebtedness or liability, and any all creditors shall look only to the corporation's assets for payment.

 

ARTICLE IV

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

Section 1.  NUMBER OF TRUSTEES.  The Board of Trustees shall consist of seven members or one out of every 10 total members at any time, which ever greater.

 

Section 2. POWER OF TRUSTEES.  Subject to the power of members as provided by law or as here set forth, all corporation powers of the corporation shall be controlled by, the Board of Trustees.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Board of Trustees shall have the following power:

 

(a)     To elect and remove all officers, agents and employees of the corporation, prescribe such powers and duties for them as may not be inconsistent with law, with the Articles of incorporation or the Bylaws, fix their compensation and require from them security for faithful service.

(b)     To conduct, manage and control the affairs and business of the corporation, and to make such rules and regulations therefore not inconsistent with law, with the Articles of incorporation or Bylaws, as they may deem best.

 

Section 3. ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE.  The trustees for the first term are to be presided by the founders of the corporation.  All trustees serve the term of three years.  The trustees are elected, from and among the members, by the vote of a majority of the trustees.  The trustees may be re-elected after their term is up. 

 

Section 4. REMOVAL.  A trustee may be removed from office, for cause, by the vote of a majority of the trustees.

 

Section 5. VACANCIES.  Any vacancies in the Board of Trustees resulting from death, incapacity, resignation, removal, or otherwise, shall be appointed and filled, from and among the members by the remaining trustees then in office.

 

Section 6. COMPENSATION.  The trustees shall receive no compensation.

 

Section 7. MEETINGS.  Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held once every three months.  Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held at any place within or without the State which has been designated from time to time by resolution of the board or by written consent of all members of the board.  In the absence of such designation, regular meetings shall be held at the principle office of the corporation.

 

Section 8. SPECIAL MEETINGS.  Special meetings of the Board of Trustees for any purpose or purposes shall be called at any time by the president and any two trustees.  Special meeting of the board may be held either at a place so designated or at the principle office.

 

Section 9. QUORUM.  A majority member of the Board of Trustees shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, except to adjourn as hereinafter provided.  Each act made by a majority of the Board of Trustees present shall be regarded as the act of the Board of Trustees, unless a greater number of the Board of Trustees is required by law or by the Articles of Incorporation.

 

Section 10. ADJOURNMENT.  In the absence of the quorum at any meeting of the Board of trustees, the majority of the trustees present may adjourn the meeting from time to time until the time forced for the next regular meeting of the Board.  Notice of the time and place holding an adjourned meeting need not to be given to absent trustees if the time and place were fixed at the meeting adjourned. 

 

ARTICLE V

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

Section 1. MEMBERS.  Executive committee consists of four members who are elected from and among the Board of Trustees, normally the officers of the corporation.  

 

Section 2. FUNCTIONS.  The Board of Trustees shall designate its powers and authorities to the executive committee to conduct daily operation business.  Each act made by a majority of the executive committee members present shall be regarded as the act of the executive committee.

 

ARTICLE VI

OFFICERS

 

Section 1. OFFICERS.  The officers of the corporation shall be president, vice-president, secretary and treasure, and such other officers as the Board of Trustees may appoint.  When the duties do not conflict, one person, other than the president, may hold more than one of the offices.

 

Section 2. ELECTION.  The Board of the Trustees shall elect all officers of the corporation from and among the Board of Trustees.  The term of all officers are two years, or until their successors are elected and qualified.

 

Section 3. COMPENSATION.  The officers shall receive no compensation.

 

Section 4. PRESIDENT.  Subject to the control of the Board of Trustees, the president shall have general supervision, direction and control of the business and affairs of the corporation.  He shall preside at all meetings for the members and trustees, and shall have other powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Trustees.

 

Section 5. VICE-PRESIDENT.  In the absence or disability of the president, the vice-president shall perform all duties of the president, and in so acting, shall have the powers of the president.  The vice-president shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Trustees.

 

Section 6.  SECRETARY.  The secretary shall keep a full and complete record of the proceedings of the Board of the Trustees, shall supervise the keeping of the books of the corporation, shall discharge such other duties as pertain to the office or as prescribed by the Board of Trustees.

 

Section 7. TREASURER.  The treasurer shall receive and safely keep all funds of the corporation and deposit the same in such bank or banks as may be designated by the Board of Trustees.  Such funds shall be paid out only on the check of the corporation signed by the president, vice-president, treasurer or secretary or by such officer as may be designed by the Board of the Trustees as authorized to sign the same.  The treasurer shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Trustees.

 

ARTICLE VII

AMITABHA VILLAGE (RETREAT CENTER)

 

Section 1. PURPOSES AND GOALS.  To encourage the study and practice of the Pureland Buddhism with emphasis on the purification of oneís mind through recitation of AMITABHA or NAMO AMITABHA, and to provide short term and long term retreats for such a practice.  To provide a library with books, tapes and other learning aids on Buddhism in general and on Pureland Buddhism in particular.  To invite and host guest speakers on all aspects of Buddha-Dharma practices.  To offer a place for those who wish to retire from the world, and devote their time to the pursuit of higher Buddhist goals through practice of recitation of AMITABHA or NAMO AMITABHA.

 

Section 2. RESIDENCE RULES.  All residents of the center and visitors stay at the center must follow all the following rules. 

 

(a)     They must be Buddhists or sympathetic to Dharma.

(b)     They must be moral, of right view and respectful of the Triple-Gem.

(c)     They must not be social reprobates.

(d)     They must be those who supportive and helpful of the retreat centerís goals without having their own hidden agenda.

(e)     They must share the centerís routine duties.

(f)      They must be respectful to other people in the center, and not to make excessive noise to interfere otherís practice.

(g)     They must not perform any illegal behavior, and they must not break the Five Precepts.

(h)     They must not bring or consume non-vegetarian food in the retreat center.

(i)       They must not be selfish, and not be a burden to the center, such as using centerís resources more than is necessary.

(j)       They must be dressed modestly.

(k)     They should behave in a controlled manner by way of speech and actions in such a way not troublesome to others either those in the retreat center or the neighbors.

(l)       They should help keep the center clean and not litter.

(m)    All illegal drugs and alcohol are forbidden within the retreat center grounds.

(n)     No overt physical affections should be displayed within the retreat center grounds.

(o)     There shall be no selling of goods within the retreat center grounds, except purely religious articles and books offered by the retreat center (not by individuals) for a donation dependent on whatever the individual wishes to offer.

 

In case of residents or visits who deliberately breaks the rules and regulations, an officer can remove them from the center after issuing a warning.

 

ATTICLE VIII

SOURCE OF FUNDS

 

The sources of funds of the corporation are from donations.

 

ATTICLE IX

AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

 

The Bylaws may be amended or replaced by vote of the majority of the Board of Trustees.  Amending or replacing the Bylaws shall take place at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 

ARTICLE X

FISCAL YEAR

 

The fiscal year of the corporation shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December in each year.

 

 

AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE II PURPOSE

 

a.     Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organization under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

 

b.     No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof.  No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provision of any this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (C) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. 

 

c.     Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.  Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principle office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.