Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 167–194 | Cite as

Toward a Buddhist Systems Methodology 1: Comparisons between Buddhism and Systems Theory

  • Chao Ying ShenEmail author
  • Gerald Midgley
Original Article


This paper compares some key concepts from Buddhism with ideas from different traditions of systems thinking. There appear to be many similarities, suggesting that there is significant potential for dialogue and mutual learning. The similarities also indicate that it may be possible to develop a Buddhist systems methodology to help guide exploration and change within Buddhist organisations.


Buddhism Buddhist systems methodology (BSM) Systems philosophy Systems theory Systems thinking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Management Sciences and Department of Business AdministrationCollege of Management, Nanhua UniversityDalinTaiwan, R.O.C.
  2. 2.Fo Guang Shan Tsung-Lin UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan, R.O.C.
  3. 3.Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Ltd.ChristchurchNew Zealand
  4. 4.School of Natural and Rural Systems ManagementUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  5. 5.Victoria Management SchoolVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  6. 6.Centre for Systems Studies, Business SchoolUniversity of HullHullUK

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