Conference: Buddhist Values and Economics: Investing in a Sustainable Future

Buddhist Values and Economics: Investing in a Sustainable Future

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In the context of Buddhist values, the concept of wealth and the proper means for its generation and application has been addressed by Buddha Śākyamuni nearly 2500 years ago. The study of the relation between Buddhist values and economics has been the outcome of an evolving interdisciplinary research enterprise that has gained significance over the last few decades. In view of the challenges and opportunities in the market economy of the 21st century, this international conference invites leading scholars in Buddhist Studies and Economics as well as, professionals from various fields and sectors such as, non-profit organizations, policymakers, corporates, social entrepreneurs, and so forth, to engage in genuine dialogue with the aim of sharing their knowledge and insights to this timely and relevant subject. We encourage diverse theoretical approaches and methodologies including both qualitative and quantitative research; and also, studies with a focus at the individual, organizational or sectoral levels. In our effort to bridge the academic and professional communities, scholars and practitioners are invited to give lectures, participate in panels and workshops, and address how Buddhist ethical values and philosophical perspectives could contribute to our understanding of and engagement with economy for the purpose of working together towards the creation and maintenance of a sustainable future for all species across natural, social, economic, and ethnic divides.

The International Conference on Buddhist Values and Economics: Investing in a Sustainable Future took place on April 13-14, 2019 and was hosted by the Centre of Buddhist Studies at The University of Hong Kong. Along with lecture presentations, workshops and panels, keynote speeches were delivered by Professor Clair Brown (University of California, Berkeley), Dr. Peter Hershock (University of Hawai’i), Dasho Karma Ura (Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH), Professor Richard Payne (University of California, Berkeley), Professor Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest), Dr. Gabor Kovacs (Corvinus University of Budapest) and Reverend John Paraskevopoulos (Temple of the Primal Vow, Kyoto).

See full programme linked above for speaker and panelist biographies and abstracts.


Organized by the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong and The European SPES Institute, and supported by a plethora of Asia-based organizations. Sponsored by the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies.

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