Buddhist Voices in School

How a Community Created a Buddhist Education Program for State Schools

  • Sue Erica Smith

Part of the Transgressions book series (TRANS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Gathering Voices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 3-7
    3. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 9-18
    4. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 19-34
    5. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 35-53
  3. Listening to Many Voices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 67-71
    3. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 73-85
    4. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 87-94
    5. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 99-116
    6. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 117-137
    7. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 139-151
    8. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 153-163
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 165-185

About this book


TCSE-Smith, blurb (final 9 August 2013) There are 400 million Buddhists in the world. Buddhists in Australia make up 3% of the population. So why have Buddhists had so little to say about educating youth? And, can Buddhism survive in Australia without educating youth? Sue Smith in Buddhist Voices in School answers why Buddhists are reluctant to ‘go public’ on education, and how Buddhism has much to offer the critical area of enhancing the wellbeing of young people. Here she distinguishes spiritual education from religion. Using case studies of Buddhist classes in primary schools Smith shows how a community adapted Buddha-Dharma to fit with contemporary education. The book describes how Social and Emotional Learning, inquiry and experiential approaches to education fit well with the intentions of Buddhism. In these classes students learned to meditate and explored ethics through a lively selection of Jataka tales. Voices from a Buddhist community, state school teachers, parents and also students inform the narrative of this book. It is the students themselves that reveal over time how they have developed calm, focus, kindness, resilience and better ability to make choices through their participation. The author concludes that the principles and techniques used in this program make potent contributions to current pedagogy. This book will be of great value to educators, academics and all those who have interest in Buddhism and who care about how children are educated.


mindfulness spiritual education Buddhist

Authors and affiliations

  • Sue Erica Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Charles Darwin UniversityAustralia

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