Buddhist Economics: A Middle Way
...Bhikkhu P. A. Payutto...
In this small volume, Venerable Dhammapitaka (P. A. Payutto) offers a Buddhist perspective on the subject of economics. While not seeking to present a comprehensive Buddhist economic theory, he provides many tools for reflection, ways of looking at economic questions based on a considered appreciation of the way things are, the way we are
Economic Stability in Buddhism
...Ven. M. Pannasha Maha Nayaka Thera...
In recent times many books have been written on the subject of economics and economic theory, all of them either from the Capitalist or Socialist point of view. Neither of these systems pays attention to, nor considers the inner development of man as an important factor in the growth of society. Hence there has been a rapid deterioration in human values and standards of behaviour in all classes of society.
Economics as if People Mattered
The Buddhist point of view takes the function of work to be at least threefold: to give man a chance to utilise and develop his faculties; to enable him to overcome his ego-centredness by joining with other people in a common task; and to bring forth goods and services needed for a becoming existence.
Buddhists often tend to disregard economics completely, because the monastic way of life idealized by Buddhism is economically very minimalist. Such neglect of comment concerning economic values is not warranted, however, because the Buddhist scriptures are in fact rich with advice from the Buddha regarding sound economic values -- and they are applicable to monastic and lay lifestyles alike.
Protestant vs Buddhist Economics: 'A Critical Look'
In "Buddhist Economics", for example, E.F. Schumacher tries to show us that Buddhism offers an alternative spiritual approach that could help not only the advanced nations but also those nations that are confronting scientific and technological development in an effort to improve the conditions of life in poor regions.
...Buddhism and Social Action...
Socially Engaged Buddhism
As the field of socially engaged Buddhism (SEB) has developed, there has never been a coherent or systematic attempt to create an authoritative basis for the work of SEB. Many of our elders, including Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh, Robert Aitken Roshi and others have all written movingly on the socially engaged imperative. Yet most have operated in isolation.
Meditation on a Coke Can
Awareness, dependent origination, and impermanence are all important concepts in Buddhism. Can these concepts be applied to our everyday interaction with the environment? When looking at the Coke can you are about to throw “away” (just where IS “away”?), just what are you aware of?
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship
...Socially Engaged Buddhism...
For over two decades, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship has been in the forefront of socially engaged Buddhism.
Buddhism and Social Action An Exploration
It is the manifest suffering and folly in the world that invokes humane and compassionate social action in its many different forms. For Buddhists this situation raises fundamental and controversial questions. And here, also, Buddhism has implications of some significance for Christians, humanists and other non-Buddhists.
Violence and Disruption in Society
...Elizabeth J. Harris...
In this study, I define violence as that which harms, debases, dehumanizes or brutalizes human beings, animals or the natural world; and the violent person, as one who causes harm in speech or action, either directly or indirectly, or whose mind is filled with such thoughts.  The approach will be scriptural, and the resource I use will be the Pali texts.
A Buddhist Vision of Social Justice
Because of its emphasis on individual salvation, Buddhism is often seen as a quietist religion that fails to consider societal problems. This is, of course, a gross exaggeration. Mahayana Buddhism is bodhisattva ideal, Pure Land doctrine, and Maitreyanism, which often appeared in China in times of political instability, both reach past the individual to relate Buddhist soteriology to society as a whole.
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Urban Dharma Podcast / MP3 - 7.4 MB
Path to Voluntary Simplicity - 11/2007
- 32 min - MP3 - 7.4 MB // My talk at the 1st Unitarian
Church of Los Angeles titled "Voluntary Simplicity" based
on a book by Duane Elgin. First published in 1981 "Voluntary
Simplicity" is about getting your choice back... Choosing
simplicity over complexity, voluntary over involuntary...
It's all about being free to choose.
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Voluntary Simplicity, Revised Edition:
Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich
by Duane Elgin
Amazon.com - Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin, first published in 1981 and revised in 1993, is the sacred text for those wanting to liberate themselves from enslavement to a job and the pursuit of status symbols. Elgin's work emerges from a concern for the environmental consequences of our mass consumption lifestyles. His book exhorts us to save the planet and our souls by "living with balance in order to find a life of greater purpose."
Amazon.com Review - This superb pioneering book was originally published significantly before its times. However with its updated revised edition it still remians one of the very best statements and arguments for a lifestyle that is not only sanity preserving but also planetary preserving. Do not be fooled by its apparent simplicity. There is enormous depth in this work.