The Union is an inter-church organization entered by the Department of Religions at the Prime Minister's Office to section "B" of the registry of churches and other religious associations on 09.05.1995. It is the fourth organization of this kind in Poland following the Polish Ecumenical Council, Community of Protestant Churches and The Biblical Society.
In January 1997, His Holiness the Dalai Lama took honorary patronage over the Union.
The Polish Buddhist Union gathers most of Buddhist religious groups in Poland. It's main objective is common representation toward the State and other churches and religious groups, as well as on the forum of international Buddhist organizations. Furthermore, the Union's task is to coordinate cooperation between Buddhist associations and broadly understood activity for the society. The Union also extends its aid to some Buddhist groups who do not hold the status of a registered religious association.