Buddhism and Modern Society

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Semester 2 2017 7-11 August 2017 7 August NTI Wollongong Campus

This subject explores how Buddhism is shaped by and shapes a society that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. The distinctive Buddhist teachings of dependentorigination and equality take on special meaning in a post-truth world: being interpreted, reinvented or embraced by both Buddhist and secular communities in response to contemporary issues and events around the world. Topics covered include Buddhist responses to globalisation, economics and business, science and technology, ethics, sustainability, art and culture, wellbeing, gender issues, social action and education. This subject will provide an opportunity to discuss the future development of Buddhism in the east and the west.

Students Will:

  • Analyse the application and relevance of Buddhist thought in today’s context and in relation to the current viewpoints of globalisation, politics, economics and business, science and technology, wellbeing, social action and education.
  • Analyse the influences of Buddhism in modern society, including mindfulness as well as the Buddhist perspective on globalisation and modern social issues.
  • Analyse and critique contemporary influences on Buddhist communities and thought, including the role of women, Buddhist enterprises and social action.
  • Investigate and analyse relevant literature for a research paper.


Preliminary reading

1 week prior to lectures and workshops

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

9:00am - 5:00pm daily


3 weeks - Final assignments due 


'Applied Mindfulness' can be taken as a non-award subject, or as part of the NTI Applied Buddhist Studies program.

This 6 credit point subject can be an elective in:

Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Applied Buddhist Studies

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies

24 credit points

Study costs/scholarships

The total subject cost is $1,250.00 for Domestic students, and $1,600.00 for International students.

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

  • Anyone can attend as a 'one-off' (non-award) student, however students who do not have English as a first language must have at least IELTS 6.5 with no sub-band score less than 6.0, and obtained not more than two years before the date of enrolment.
  • Students who wish to take this subject as an elective in NTI's Postgraduate Program in Applied Buddhist Studies (award students) must meet the entry requirements for the Graduate Program (including the English requirements listed above). Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.
  • There are no prerequisites to study this subject as an award or non-award student.
  • Buddhists and non-Buddhists are welcome, and no prior knowledge is required.