“Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron?” with Dr. Donald K. Swearer

“Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron?” with Dr. Donald K. Swearer July 1, 2014

Photo by Jeffrey Lott.

Not long ago, a user posted a video to YouTube of the great Buddhologist Donald Swearer giving a talk for School of Advanced Research on the subject “Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron?” The talk, initially delivered on March 18th, 2010, at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, is described by the SAR this way:

We usually associate Buddhism with meditating monks and temple rituals, rather than the mundane realities of day-to-day economic and political life. This notion, however, belies a historical reality that shows Buddhism as concerned with worldly pursuits and aspirations as with other-worldly mysticism. Dr. Donald Swearer explores the ways in which contemporary Buddhists have constructed an economic ethic in cases like Thailand’s Sufficient Economy and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness.

Take a look below, and share your thoughts with us in the comments!


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