This paper reflects upon the relevance of Buddhism to counselling in general and to
career counseling in particular by discussing a program implemented at an international school
in Hong Kong. The authors provide an analysis of the pertinent literature related to relevant
concepts within Buddhism. This topic has not yet been adequately researched and the paper
therefore helps to fill a gap in our awareness of how Buddhism might contribute to career
counseling in high schools.
Keywords Buddhism . Career guidance . Counseling . International schools. Hong Kong
Introduction
It is safe to say that we all believe in something; and our ideals, core beliefs and theories
inevitably affect our ways of working with people (Hutchison 2012). Often our beliefs and
practices ―including religion―are relevant both directly and indirectly to the lives, behaviors
and careers of ourselves and others. Some of these beliefs and ideals underpin basic counseling
principles that are used to help guide individuals in their behavior and the choices they make in
life. This paper aims to explore how some concepts underpinning Buddhism might be relevant
to career counseling in an international school in Hong Kong. First, the paper explains the
rationale that guides the counselling approach in this school, and how it relates to Buddhism.
Second, links between Buddhism and career counselling are more fully explored. A case study
approach has been adopted because it enables a close examination of a situation to provide
unique insights into the topic (Yin 1994).