Buddhism, Environment and Sustainability

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  Lecture Date Census Location
Semester 2 2017 20-24 November 2017 21 November NTI Wollongong Campus

'Buddhism, Environment and Sustainability' examines the relationship between Buddhist traditions, including contemporary Buddhist practice and 21st century gloabl issues in sustainability and environment. It explores both classic and new sources of Buddhist environmentalism, as well as the context of environmentalism from other spiritual paths. Spiritual traditions have a key role in engaging creative responses to environmental and associated social challenges. This subject analyses scales of Buddhist environmentalism from the global to the personal.

Lecturer - Dr Michael Adams 

Dr Michael Adams in Associate Professor in Human Geography at University of Wollongong (UOW). His research and teaching engage with human-nature relationships. He has completed extensive research on shared governance arrangements between government conservation agencies and indigenous communities in national parks and World Heritage areas, and has made direct contributions to policy development. His other research has examined indigenous and local knowledge systems and how these interact with Western knowledge frameworks. Dr Adams has worked with indigenous and other communities across Australia, in arctic Scandinavia, Indonesia, the United States and India.

Who is it for?

‘Buddhism, Environment and Sustainability’ is ideal for:

  • any student starting an NTI postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters program in Applied Buddhist Studies
  • academics, teachers, publishers, librarians
  • health practitioners, including psychologists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals
  • anyone involved in international diplomatic relations or foreign aid programs
  • devotees of Buddhism and anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism.


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 


Class attendance and participation


Environmental Autobiography: Reflection (500 words)


Field Work Assignment: mapping the Sangha (1,500 words)


Research paper (2,500 words)



‘Buddhism, Environment and Sustainability’ is an elective subject in Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Applied Buddhist Studies program.

This 6 credit point subject can be taken as 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.

Total cost:

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 a non-award student.
  • Buddhists and non-Buddhists are welcome, and no prior knowledge is required.