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Buddhist Approach to Economic Well-Being
Author Chang, Otto H.
Source Hsi Lai Journal of Humanistic Buddhism=西來人間佛教學報
Pages141 - 169
PublisherInternational Academy of Buddhism, University of the West
Publisher Url
LocationRosemead, CA, US [柔似蜜, 加利福尼亞州, 美國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
AbstractThis paper first identifies turbulent and imminent economic, social, and ecological problems threatening our modern economy and society. It is argued that many of these problems are natural or predictable consequences of the production-for-profit economic model feverishly advocated by mainstream economists and prevalently adopted by a majority of policy makers in every corner of the world. The paper then examines the fallacy and deficiency of the production-for-profit economic model and its underlying philosophical tenets and premises .It shows that Buddhism, with its thorough examination of the human predicaments and its pragmatic middle-way approach to the solution of these dilemmas, can be the philosophical basis for a viable alternative economic model which has not only the remedies for the problems created by the mainstream economic theories, but also the promise of a comprehensive solution to the human struggle for survival and prosperity. Specific examples of how Buddhist principles can be applied to form such a new economic model are elaborated and illustrated. The paper concludes with an urgent plea for the whole world to reconsider the efficacy of our current approach to economic well-being and to seriously consider the merits of a Buddhism-based economic model.
ISSN15304108 (P)
Created date2014.07.31
Modified date2020.04.09

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