Young Buddhist Editorial to Celebrate First-Year Anniversary

When visiting other temples, I am often asked the question, “How do we keep the youth involved/engaged?”

With flat or declining membership numbers in many of the BCA districts, it is not difficult to see why this has become such an important issue.

As a young temple member, I have also asked myself this question and while I can’t point to a definitive answer, I can provide some context. “Young people are busy.” With school, clubs, sports, friends, internships, jobs and a whole list of other reasons, attending Sunday service is usually an afterthought.

However, this is not to say that Buddhism is no longer relevant to these individuals. Rather, I believe that Buddhism is incredibly important to these individuals, it is just not as accessible. This is part of the reason why we started the Young Buddhist Editorial.

The organization was started with three main goals: