An analysis of buddhist economic ethics

As a result, charitable activities within sa.

Economic implications of buddhism

Thus, he proposes small-scale, localized economies as the means to alleviate the world of the problems created by a system devoid of moral values. Buddhist economists believe that community-supported agriculture fosters trust, helps build value based communities and brings people closer to the land and their food source. He suggests that trends and shifts in economic structure have led to a greater relevance of Buddhist economics in modern society. The story of the Brahmin youth Assalayana is an apparent example of the Buddha's view of the inherent spiritual equality of all persons. In terms of the Buddhist sangha's relationship with the state, the previous pattern of cooperation and an amelioratory approach to social change, along with support for the status quo distribution of wealth, remained the governing paradigms. This led to an emphasis on investment in daana over investment in one's secular business, with the ultimate consequence for the Theravaada Buddhist that his "proof of salvation" was found "not in accumulating and creating new wealth, but in giving it away in the form of daana. Some of the income also was used to acquire additional capital in the form of land or more flour mills or oil presses. Frederic Pryor analyzes Buddhist economics according to the Buddhist canon in the Theravada tradition, and how it should function according to the scriptures. Income redistribution is one means, through reducing poverty which restricts spiritual growth. However, this view has been brought into question in a now classic article by Janice Nattier and Charles Prebish: "Mahaasa. By giving to the sangha, the individual not only furthered his own soteriological quest and karma, but benefited society and contributed to the betterment of others' karma through supporting the educational act of spreading the Dharma. In this way daana giving to the sangha became the central concept of lay economic ethics.

However, happiness is in many levels. In addition, there was an increasingly lavish consumption of wealth occurring in Buddhist festivals and feasts and construction of temples, stupas, family mortuaries, and statues. On the one hand, the notion of karma has been used to argue in favor of an idea of justice existing in Theravaada Buddhist economic ethics, as follows: Such equality before the law of kamma resembles the West's notion of procedural justice.

According to them, goods should not be considered more important than people and consumption more important than creative activity.

economic impact of buddhism

A minority tradition also existed in particular in China of movements which called for political upheaval based upon an interpretation of teachings concerning Maitreya, the future Buddha. Urged on by Confucians and Taoists who decried these trends as leading to the impoverishment of the empire, the state engaged in periodic persecutions of Buddhism by forced laicization of monks, seizure of monastery wealth especially gold, silver, and copper and placing limits on the number of monasteries and temples.

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