Buddhist Economics in the Age of Globalization
Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religions and an important belief system guiding the worldviews of approximately 350 million adherents. Within Buddhism, the Engaged Buddhist Movement applies insights and lessons from Buddhist thought to address social, political, and environmental injustices and challenges. Sulak Sivaraksa (recipient of the 2011 Niwano Peace Prize) is perhaps the most well known and globally recognized Engaged Buddhist leader, both in his native Thailand and abroad. Sivaraksa delivered a public lecture at Georgetown, reflecting upon his more than half a century of work and issuing a call for an “economics of happiness” as an alternative to existing models of development.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Georgetown Department of Theology; and the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.