buddhist studies for secondary students

Unit Eight: Contemporary issue

Buddhist Approach to the Contemporary World

Area of Focus:

  • identify aspects of continuity and change within the belief system;
  • evaluate the impact of globalisation on the belief system;
  • identify the impact of technology on the belief system;
  • examine the impact of the belief system on the wider society at a national and global level.



The Environment

Buddhism and the Ecocrisis:

The role of Buddism in Enhancing Environmental Philosophy and Psychology in the West Today.

Buddhism for the Future

Buddhism and the Future

Social Concerns, Buddhist Values, Role of the Sangha,

Select and Discuss a story from:


This section provides links to works by a leading Buddhist monk,Venerable P.A. Payutto which deal with society’s ills within a Buddhist framework. There are Buddhist perspectives on other issues such as globalisation, the constructive use of technology, Buddhism and the Echocrisis, and a contribution from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama on Universal Responsibility and the Environment. On a positive note, there is a article by the well-known Buddhist writer, Venerable Dr. Sri Dhammananda on Buddhism and the Future.

Secondary Level Unit 8: Contemporary Issues

Multiple-Choice Questionnaire

Activity Box

 Facing the Future: Four Essays on the Social Relevance of Buddhism, by Bhikkhu Bodhi. (eBook Library)

The Meditation Class: Instructions in Insight and Loving-kindness meditation – showing techniques in sitting and walking.

eBook Library: Nine Maha (Great) Buddhist Crossword Puzzles.

Online Research Projects: Choose a topic from nine suggested research projects.

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path to Wisdom.