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Buddhism: Ethics and Business

Syllabus of the Subject - Buddhism (Asia): Ethics and Business. Buddhists Businessman.

Buddhism: Ethics and Business

The subject “Buddhism” consists of three parts:

  1. Introduction to Buddhism
  2. Buddhist Businessmen
  3. Economic Area of the Buddhist Civilisation

“I refuge in the Buddha, dharma (doctrine) and Sangha (monastic community)”

1- Buddhism

  1. Introduction to Buddhism
  2. Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
  3. Buddhist sacred texts. Udama
  4. Teachings of Buddha (Bhagavan)
  5. Four Noble Truths
  6. Principles of the Buddhist ethics
  7. Buddhist version of the golden rule
  8. Noble Eightfold Path
  9. Buddhist Schools
    1. Mahayana
    2. Theravada
    3. Vajrayana
    4. Zen Buddhism
    5. Pure Land Buddhism
  10. Two Buddhist Nobel Peace Prize:
    1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    2. Aung San Suu Kyi
  11. Prominent Buddhist: Chin Kung, DT Suzuki, Bhimrao Ramji, Ambedkar Babasaheb, Mapanna Mallikarjun Kharge, Daisaku Ikeda, and Jebtsundamba Khutuktu
  12. Principles of the Buddhist Economics
  13. Buddhism in the World
  14. Influence of Buddhism in the West
    1. Steve Jobs (Apple)
    2. William Clay Ford

2- Buddhist Businessman.

  1. Dr Kazuo Inamori (Japan). Founder and Director of Japan Airlines, and a Buddhist Monk
  2. Kith Meng (Cambodia)
  3. Thaksin Shinawatra (Thailand)
  4. Padma Jyoti (Nepal)
  5. Lee Kun-hee (South Korea), President of Samsung Electronics

3- Economic Area of the Buddhist Civilisation.

  1. Introduction to the Economic Area of the Buddhist Civilisation
  2. Mahayana Area: China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Nepal, and Taiwan
  3. Theravada Area: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, India, and Cambodia
  4. Vajrayana Area: Tibet, Mongolia, China (Southwest), India (North), and Bhutan
  5. Economic Profile of the Buddhist Countries
  6. Economic Organisations related to the Buddhist Civilisation
  7. Processes of economic integration of the Buddhist Civilisation
  8. Interactions of the Buddhist Civilisation with the other civilisations

The aims of the subject “Buddhism” are the following:

  1. To know the fundamentals of the Buddhism
  2. To understand the ethical principles of the Buddhism
  3. To learn about the Buddhist Schools: Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana. ZEN Buddhism
  4. To analyse the influence of Buddhism on business
  5. To analyse Buddhists Businessman
  6. To understand the influence of Buddhism on the Buddhist Civilisation
  7. To explore the economic relationships of the Buddhist Civilisation with the other civilisations
  8. To now the countries of the influence of the Buddhist Civilisation

“This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you” (Udana).

Learning materials in English (or Spanish Budismo French Bouddhisme).

  1. Credits of the subject “Buddhism”: 3 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks

Download the syllabus of the module: “Buddhism” (PDF)

  1. “Economic Area of the Buddhist Civilisation” (PDF)

The Subject “Buddhism” is part of the following programs:

  1. Doctorates: Religion and Business, Asia
  2. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Asia
  3. Courses: Southeast Asia, China

The students who have taken subject (Buddhism) can validate and register for a Master or Doctorate at EENI (School of International Business).

Methodology: e-learning/Distance Learning.

Intended for all those that want to specialise and/or to recycle in all the aspects of Buddhism and its relationship with business.

Area of Knowledge: Religions and Ethics - Asia.

Sample of the subject - Buddhism: Ethics and Business
Four Noble Truths (Buddhism)

Description of the Subject - Buddhism: Ethics and Business.

Buddhism was created in the 6th-century BCE, with the appearance of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, one of the great spiritual geniuses of humanity, in north western India. It was the time of the Vedic religion, controlled by the caste of Brahmins, where the sacrifice was a common practice. The salvation was only possible for the Brahmins; the lower castes believed they were immersed in an endless cycle of births and resurrections.

This axial age (Karl Jaspers) is also the time of Confucius, Lao Tzu, Deutero-Isaiah or Mahavira (founder of Jainism).

Buddha teaches a message of liberation (“Be lamps unto yourselves”), for all men and women, a society in which caste should not exist. Buddha addressed mainly to people, to all men and women regardless of race, gender or caste.

“One in whom there is neither hypocrisy nor pride, which has overcome greed, which is free from selfishness and desire, which is free of anger, completely serene; he is a Brahmin” Udana III-VI.

Harmony of Religions Ahimsa Business (Non-Violence)

Discover the causes of pain and illness, and how to overcome it will be one of the “leitmotivs” of the Buddha's teachings.

“Whether the world is eternal or not, finite or not, whether the soul is the same as the body or whether the soul is one thing and the body another, whether a Buddha exists after death or does not exist after death; these things the Lord does not explain to me.
So what have I explained?
I have explained the suffering, its causes and how to destroy it, that is what matters.”

Quoted in Huston Smith “World's Religions.”

Buddhist Ethics

Buddhism grew until the third century BCE when the great Emperor Ashoka, proclaimed Buddhism as the official religion of the first Indian empire. Buddhism will experience a golden age in India until the 7th century AD, to almost disappear from India in the 13th century.

At the end of the 20th century, Buddhism begins to re-emerge in India, although the number of followers is slight compared to other Indian Religions.

Like Christianity, Buddhism began with a man, expanded under the leadership of a great empire (the Roman Empire with the Christianity) and practically disappeared from his birthplace. From early times Buddhism begins to spread throughout Asia. In China, Buddhism will adopt elements of Confucianism and Taoism to create the Chinese and Zen Buddhism.


One of the problems of the Buddhism, like Christianity, is to know how the original Buddhism was. Today, exists two Buddhist canons:

  1. Pali Canon (Tipitaka) - Theravada school. The Udana or “The Word of the Buddha” (Pronouncement or Statement) belongs to the Sutta Pitaka. The Udana is one of the oldest texts of the Pali canon; Theravada Buddhists believe that conveys the true teaching of the Buddha. It consists of eight chapters and ten sutras (sections) each one. Udana is one of the key works to understand Buddhism. We will base this essay mainly in the analysis of the Udana
  2. Chinese Canon
  3. Nepalese Canon (Sino-Tibetan Sanskrit) - Mahayana school

In the Udana IX (Bahiya) we find the definition of Nirvana (instant enlightenment). Nirvana is an entirely transcendental state; when we reached, finished reincarnation and suffering

Samples - Buddhism

Buddhist Economics

Kazuo Inamori Buddhist Businessman

Dalai Lama (Tibetan Buddhism)

Gross National Happiness

Lee Kun-hee Buddhist Buddhist Businessman

Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel Peace Prize

Kith Meng Cambodian Businessman

Ahimsa Buddhism

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