Privacy Policy

Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. Please read the following statement to understand how your personal information will be treated as you make full use of the Buddha Community web site. The Buddha Community web site is owned and operated by Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association
Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association reserves the right to change, modify or update this statement at any time without notice.

Voluntary submission

Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association does not collect personally identifying information about any individual Buddha Community web site user except when knowingly provided by such individual. For example, you might be asked for information when you register for using one of the site’s features or to receive a newsletter. You always have the option not to provide the information requested. If you choose not to provide the information requested, you can still visit most of the Buddha Community web site, but you may be unable to access certain options and services.

Data deletion

If you provide personal information, for example, when booking onto a retreat, Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association will hold your information until 31 March of the following year, after which point any personal data will be deleted.


A cookie is a small data file that certain web sites write to your hard drive when you visit them. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association uses cookies solely to improve the visitors experience. For example, to keep track of the access rights assigned to a user, or to automatically fill-in repetitive forms with information previously provided. This could occur when posting a message on the discussion forums or submitting a profile.

Most web site browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to display a warning before accepting a cookie, or to refuse all cookies. However, if you choose to disable the receipt of cookies from the Buddha Community web site, you may not be able to use certain features of the site.

Browser level information

Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association web servers automatically collect information about a site user’s IP address, browser type and referrer by reading this information from the user’s browser (information provided by every user’s browser). This information is collected in a database and used – in an aggregated, anonymous manner – in the internal analysis of traffic patterns within the Buddha Community web site. This information is automatically logged by most web sites.

Use of information

Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association may disclose information about its users when believing in good faith that the disclosure is required by law.

Buddha Community users should also be aware that, when you voluntarily disclose personal information in bulletin boards or forums, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others.

The safety of children is very important to Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association. Whilst Amaravati Lay Buddhist Association will make every reasonable effort to ensure that children’s privacy and other rights are not compromised, it is ultimately the responsibility of parents to monitor their children’s Internet usage. Children should always ask a parent before sending any transmission over the Internet.