Welcome to the Humanistic Buddhism Centre

Humanistic Buddhizm Study in Australia

“Humanistic Buddhism is what the Buddha taught, what is essential to human beings, what purifies, and what is virtuous and beautiful.”

Śākyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was of this world. The deep truths he realised provide inspiration as a model for spiritual practice in all aspects of our daily lives in this world. Core principles empower our universal humanity – including altruism, joyfulness, mindfulness, and resilience

The Humanistic Buddhism Centre was established in December 2014 with the mission to promote applied research and development goals which, inspired by the deep truths of Śākyamuni Buddha, foster greater understanding and disciplined knowledge of humanistic life principles and how to put them into practice in everyday life.

Hence, we seek to make available the wisdom in the Buddhist texts to engage issues of global relevance today. With a growing network of committed individuals worldwide, we focus on the following three areas that aim to improve our own and the wider community’s understanding and practice of humanistic approaches to Buddhist personal development and community service:

Applied Research:

The Centre undertakes innovative applied research projects in humanistic values that contribute to the scholarly and teaching communities.  These include the NTI Reader (for reading and analysing Chinese Buddhist texts), cloud-translation of academic journal articles in Humanistic Buddhism, interactive knowledge maps of bibliographies in Humanistic Buddhism, Buddhist contemplative pedagogy in virtual reality, and publications in Buddhist economics, Buddhism and technology, Buddhist project management, and Buddhist festivals


The Centre facilitates the inter-disciplinary development of educational resources that contribute to teaching programs. These include apps, podcasts, and reflective journals.


The Centre engages and builds communities with its Buddhist outreach programmes through projects such as Communities of Practice, Turning Points, and pilgrimages.



Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.