Buddhism, Business, and Economics

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This chapter takes the relationship that Buddhists have historically had with economic practices as a starting point for discussing contemporary entanglements of Buddhism and economy. Based on a literary review of previous studies on Buddhism and business and building upon our own research, we analyze the diverse range of influences that have impacted the manner in which Buddhism and business have been entwined, taking a look at historical as well as regional, national, and global impacts on the formulation of Buddhism within encounters with global market economies. Our review spans lay-monk exchange relations, Buddhist economic ethics, monastic businesses, spiritual consumerism, globalized Buddhism, secularized Buddhist technologies in the corporate world, and Buddhist branding, all of which testify to the diverse modalities of Buddhism and economic relations, illuminating also the economic life of Buddhism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism
EditorsMichael Jerryson
Number of pages14
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication dateJan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017
SeriesOxford Handbooks

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