Youths ages 17 and above are involved in BISDS "Engaged Buddhism" programme. Originally coined by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, "Engaged Buddhism" is an attempt to emphasize humanistic Buddhism and non-violent social activism in the Buddha's teachings.
The Buddha can be appreciated as the greatest social activist during his time. Ven. Dr Sri Walpola Rahula in 1978 said "Buddhism arose in India as a spiritual force against social injustices, against degrading superstitious rites, ceremonies and sacrifices; it denounced the tyranny of the caste system and advocated the equality of all men; it emancipated woman and gave her complete spiritual freedom." The most beautiful aspect in the Buddha's engagement in social and environmental activism was the fact that it was non-violent. The Buddha instead advocated Loving Kindness, Compassion and Equanimity.
Programmes are organized to provide youths the opportunity to be of service to the BISDS, the Buddhist community and engage them in the discussions of humanistic and social issues such as climate change, environmental destruction, suicide, etc.