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Buddhism, Ethics and Business (Course)

Online Course - Buddhism, Ethics and Business. Buddhist Economic Area (5 ECTS)

The Professional Course “Buddhism, Ethics and Business” taught by EENI Global Business School consists of two modules:

  1. Buddhism and Business
  2. Buddhist Economic Area

Buddhism, Ethics and Business

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  1. Credits: 5 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: five
    weeks It is recommended to dedicate about twelve hours of study per week following a flexible schedule. It is possible to reduce the duration dedicating more hours a week
  3. Tuition Fees: EUR 120
  4. Open Online Enrolment
  5. Why study Religions and International Business?
  6. Download the syllabus of the module: “Buddhism” (PDF)
    1. “Buddhist Economic Area” (PDF)

Learning materials in Courses, Masters, Doctorates in International Business in English

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    available in For improving the international communication skills, the student has free access to the learning materials in these languages (free multilingual training).
    Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Budismo Study, Master in International Business in French Bouddhisme Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Budismo

This course contains exercises that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain the Diploma of the Professional Course: “Buddhism, Ethics and Business” issued by EENI Global Business School.

Students - Master in International Business

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

This course belongs to the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI:

  1. Doctorates: Global Ethics, Religions, and International Business, Asian Business
  2. Masters: Asia, International Business, Religions and International Business
  3. Courses: Southeast Asia, China

Modules of the Course

Module 1: Buddhism and Business

  1. Introduction to Buddhism
  2. Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
  3. Buddhist sacred texts. Udama
  4. Teachings of the 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 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

Buddhist Businessman.

  1. 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 (Won Buddhist)

Kazuo Inamori. Buddhist Monk and Businessman. Founder of Kyocera, Japan (Master, Doctorate)

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

Module 2- Buddhist Economic Area

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

Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS): Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam

The aims of the Course are the following:

  1. To know the fundamentals of Buddhism
  2. To understand the ethical principles of 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 influence of the Buddhist Civilisation

Sample - Buddhism, Ethics and Business
Buddhist Ethics. Four Noble Truths. Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism

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

Buddhism was born in the 6th-century BCE, with the appearance of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, one of the great spiritual geniuses of humanity, in north western India. It was the time of Vedic religion, controlled by the caste of Brahmins, where the sacrifice was a common practice.

The salvation was only possible for 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).

The Buddha teaches a message of liberation (“Be lamps unto yourselves”), for all men and women, a society in which the castes 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.

Ahimsa (Non-Violence) and International Business Ahimsa (Non-Violence) and International Business

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

“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 “Religions of the World.”

Buddhist Ethics. Four Noble Truths. Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism

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 the other Indian Religions.

Like Christianity, Buddhism began with a man, expanded under the leadership of a great empire (the Roman Empire with 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 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


  1. The analysis of China is not included in this course, but in the course: Taoism, Confucianism & Business
  2. Although Buddhism emerged in India, it is now practiced by only 0.8% of the Indian population
  3. Countries like Korea or Singapore, Buddhism is not the majority religion coexisting with other religions

Why study the course “Buddhism, Ethics and Business”?

This Professional Course is aimed mainly at those companies and foreign trade professionals who wish to do business in the countries of the Buddhist Economic Area, markets where the influence of Buddhism is fundamental.

In general, the knowledge of Buddhism and its influence on business is very unknown, being necessary therefore to know the pillars of Buddhism (More information).

Area of Knowledge: Religions and Ethics - Asia.

Principles of the Buddhist Economics: capitalism and socialism, Shinichi Inoue, Gross National Happiness Index (Course Master Doctorate)

Dalai Lama (Tibetan Buddhism)

Gross National Happiness

Lee Kun-hee Buddhist Buddhist Businessman (Course Master)

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize (Burmese Activist, Theravada Buddhist)

Kith Meng Cambodian Businessman (Course Master)

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