Are donations made to Nan Tien Institute tax deductible?

Yes, donations of $2 or more made to Nan Tien Institute (NTI) are tax-deductible, as NTI has a Deductible Gift Recipient status. Nan Tien Institute Limited is a DGR registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and complies with all ACNC regulations.

Upon receipt of your donation, Nan Tien Institute will issue you with a DGR Tax Receipt to the email address you have provided.

Summary of Nan Tien Institute Activities

Operating within the context of Buddhist philosophy and values, under the Australian higher education legal framework, Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering courses in the areas of Buddhist studies, Health and Wellbeing. NTI offers the opportunity to grow through developing mindfulness practice, incorporating contemplative education, and fostering an environment for holistic learning, allowing students to contribute to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding, both within their own lives and within the lives of others.

Donations play an important role in NTI’s mission. Contributions made by donors, supporters, foundations, and corporate partnerships enable NTI to advance its strategic goals in teaching and research by funding scholarships, research projects, community engagement, and capital campaigns – all ultimately leading to the enrichment and advancement of our community and based on NTI’s founder Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s philosophy:

“I believe education can improve and transform one’s character which is instrumental to a better future. Hence, I founded the Nan Tien Institute”.

– Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Domestic and International Scholarship Fund

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) offers post graduate scholarships to domestic and international students, to assist financially with course fees, accommodation costs and living expenses. This enables students to focus on their studies. The scholarships have a strong emphasis on social inclusion and equity and are awarded based on financial need and/or other hardship whilst recognising factors such as academic excellence. NTI awards scholarships in honour of NTI’s founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun:

“I believe education can improve and transform one’s character which is instrumental to a better future. Hence, I founded the Nan Tien Institute”.

– Venerable Master Hsing Yun

All contributions made to NTI’s scholarship appeal will make a difference to students’ lives, enabling them to pursue higher education, leading them to develop strong values of their own, guide them to become active members of society, to evolve successful and stimulating careers, to build resilience and to live a spiritually rich and mindful life.


Humanistic Buddhism Centre

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 on 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.

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

Community: The Centre engages and builds communities with its Buddhist outreach programs through projects such as Communities of PracticeTurning Points, and pilgrimages.


Building and Developing Fund


Nan Tien Institute’s (NTI’s) vision is to support and inspire learning and the pursuit of research and creative practice. It provides the local region with a place for the exchange of Western and Eastern arts and culture. NTI contributes to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding for the benefit of humanity in an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world. The Nan Tien bridge links NTI’s new and innovative Campus, Art Gallery & Cultural Centre with Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. This link and connection symbolises the pathways of learning, cross-cultural connections, and the foundations of Buddhist wisdom that support the educational programs offered at NTI.

For most people, learning is a life-long zest, thus promoting education is an ongoing commitment; it requires the continuous support and commitment from the general public. Nan Tien Institute has a great need for ongoing capital and operations support to fulfil its commitment of providing quality education for its students and a place of cultural exchange for the local community. Your tax-deductible gift will help to ensure we continue to offer students, staff and the community facilities that are both functional and beautiful.

NTI Library

NTI Library serves the study, research and teaching needs of staff and students at NTI. Our specialised collection of Buddhist resources has been guided by the expertise of our teaching staff and supported by the generosity of Fo Guang Shan and past donors. As NTI expands its programs, the library aims to further develop its collection in support of these new areas of study and support all who wish to improve themselves and their community through a dedication to continuing education.

All donations will go towards the growth of our collection, increasing the support we may offer our students, educators and the Buddhist community, as well as allowing the library to increase its standing as a cornerstone of Buddhist knowledge in Australia.


Offering a high degree of flexibility, our courses can be studied online or on campus, full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.