image The Big Issues

Beyond the Bottom Line

 

Is There Any Conflict between Being a Buddha at Work and Making a Profit?

Beginning with only a little cash,The wise can skillfully cause it to grow,Like the slowly building wind can causeA spark to grow into a mighty fire.

—Jataka 4

PEOPLE OFTEN IMAGINE the Buddha as an otherworldly ascetic who thinks we should renounce money and the material world. It is true that the Buddha did this, but he hardly expected everyone to do the same. He didn’t want the world to fall apart. He was very much in favor of making a profit, provided that it was done in keeping with the basic principles of awakening: honesty, integrity, ...

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