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Buddhism, Ethics and Business (Online Course)

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Buddhist Economic Area (Course) Four Noble Truths. Mahayana (5 ECTS)

Buddhism and Global Business

The 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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Asia Masters, Doctorate (Global Business, Foreign Trade)

  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 Enrollment
  5. Why study Religions and Business?
  6. Download the syllabus: “Buddhism” (PDF)
    1. “Buddhist Economic Area” (PDF)

Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English

  1. Also
    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 in International Business in Spanish Budismo Study Doctorate in International Business in French Bouddhisme Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Budismo

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

Doctorate: Global Ethics, Religions, and International Business.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Masters: International Business, Religions and International Business.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

EENI Students - Doctorate, Master in International Business, Foreign Trade

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.

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

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

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 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

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

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

“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 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 Organizations related to the Buddhist Civilization
  4. Economic integration process of Buddhist Civilization
  5. Interactions of Buddhist Civilization with the other civilizations

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

  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 analyze the influence of Buddhism on business
  5. To analyze Buddhists Businessman
  6. To understand the influence of Buddhism on the Buddhist Civilization
  7. To explore the economic relationships of Buddhist Civilization with the other civilizations
  8. To now the countries of influence of Buddhist Civilization

Religions, Ethics, and Global Business

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

Buddhism was born 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 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).

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. Jainism Harmony of Religions. Sri Ramakrishna Principle and Global 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.”

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 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 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 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 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 and Business”?.

This Professional Course is aimed mainly at those companies and foreign trade professionals who wish to do business in the countries of 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.

Gross National Happiness

Area of Knowledge: Religions and Ethics - Asia.

Bhagavad Gita, Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. Nonell
Gita Institute.

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