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Working in the Right Spirit: The Application of Buddhist Right Livelihood in the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
Author Baumann, Martin (著)
Source Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Pages120 - 143
PublisherDepartment of History & Religious Studies Program , The Pennsylvania State University
Publisher Url
LocationUniversity Park, PA, US
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteMartin Baumann, University of Hannover,
AbstractThis paper shall concentrate on adaptive forms with regard to the interpretation of Buddhist economic ethics in the West as presented by Western Buddhists. A brief outline of ethics in Buddhist teachings will be followed by a presentation of Weber’s image of the “world withdrawn Buddhist,” allegedly not involved in any social and economic activities. Buddhist ethics, as portrayed by Weber, nowhere promotes socio-political engagement and entrepreneurial activities. Contrary to Weber’s stereotyped view, which was widely accepted but rarely questioned, members of The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order have started to develop businesses and cooperatives, thus combining Buddhist teachings and involvement in the world. Their team-based Right Livelihood endeavors already have created a Buddhist economy on a small scale; their ultimate aim is to bring about a transformation of Western society. Thus, supposedly “world withdrawn Buddhists” have become socio-economically active in the Western world.
Table of contentsABSTRACT 121
Buddhism Expands in the West 122
Buddhist Ethics and the Principle of Right Livelihood 123
The Image of Buddhist Withdrawal From the World 125
The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order 127
The Order 128
Development and Size128
Sãla and Right Livelihood According to the FWBO 130
Buddhist Reevaluation of Society and Work 133
Conclusion 135
Notes 136
ISSN10769005 (E)
Created date2000.08.14
Modified date2022.01.27

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