Introduction to Buddhist Economics

The Relevance of Buddhist Values in Contemporary Economy and Society

  • Ernest C. H. Ng

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. The Subject and Framework

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  3. The Suffering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
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  4. The Cause

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
  5. The Cessation

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      Pages 73-73
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  6. The Path

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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 193-201

About this book


Living in a market-driven economy where short-term profit and economic growth appear to be the ultimate goal, this book explores how Buddhist teachings could bridge the divide between our spiritual and material needs and reconcile the tension between doing good for social interest and doing well for financial success. This book serves as a pioneering effort to systematically introduce Buddhist Economics as an interdisciplinary subject to audience with limited background in either Buddhism or economics. It elaborates some core concepts in Buddhist teachings, their relevance to economics, and means of achieving sustainability for individuals, society and the environment with the cultivation of ethical living and well-being. Through scholarly research from relevant fields including Buddhist studies, economics, behavioral finance, cognitive science, and psychology, this book illustrates the relevance of Buddhist values in the contemporary economy and society, as well as the efficacy of Buddhist perspectives on decision-making in daily life.


buddhism Buddhist economics impact finance sustainable development Buddhist ethics sdg Dāna sustainability Social Entrepreneurship

Authors and affiliations

  • Ernest C. H. Ng
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  1. 1.Centre of Buddhist StudiesThe University of Hong KongHong KongChina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-35113-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-35114-4
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