The European Buddhist Union (EBU) is an international association of Buddhist organizations and national Buddhist unions in Europe, founded in 1975. The presence of Buddhism in all European countries has been growing considerably in the last 50 years so as to represent a number of several million Buddhists, not only through the presence of natives of traditional Buddhist countries, but mainly because an ever-increasing number of Europeans have adopted Buddhism as their philosophy of life, being inspired by the message of wisdom, altruism, open-mindedness, loving kindness and limitless compassion towards all living beings. As the body representing Buddhists in the Member States of the European Union as well as in the Member States of the Council of Europe, the EBU engages internationally, being also a member of several international Buddhist organizations.