The Buddha on Wall Street print + eBook

Vaddhaka Linn

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The Buddha on Wall Street: What’s Wrong with Capitalism and What We Can Do about It (Paperback)

A passionate examination of Buddhism's engagement with the capitalist world.

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After his Enlightenment the Buddha set out to help liberate the individual, and create a society free from suffering. The economic resources now exist to offer a realistic possibility of providing everyone with decent food, shelter, work and leisure, to allow each of us to fulfil our potential as human beings, whilst protecting the environment. What is it in the nature of modern capitalism which prevents that happening? Can Buddhism help us build something better than our current economic system, to reduce suffering and help the individual to freedom? In this thought-provoking work, Vaddhaka Linn explores answers to these questions by examining our economic world from the moral standpoint established by the Buddha.

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4 reviews for The Buddha on Wall Street print + eBook

  1. Vishvapani

    A clear, comprehensive and accessible overview of a socially engaged Buddhist approach.

  2. Wes Nisker

    The Dalai Lama has said in public that he is “half-Marxist.” This book, “The Buddha on Wall Street” will help explain what he means. This is a fierce no-holds-barred Buddhist based critique of the dehumanizing and dysfunctional effects of the capitalist economic system. And as the subtitle says, “And what we can do about it” Maybe the Dharma has arrived in the West just in time. Read this book and see what you think.

  3. Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth

    It would be strange to think that the Dharma, with its deep insight into dependent co-origination and the interdependence of all beings, could nonetheless give one the sense that Buddhist practice is primarily concerned with individual accomplishment or that it could remain neutral about and complicit with the ravages of global capitalism. In his accessible and straightforward yet profound and consequential meditation on the Dharma in the age of climate change, rampant inequality, the aggression on personal time, the promotion of waste, the humiliation of labor, and unprecedented ecological devastation, Vaddhaka Linn has produced an important Buddhist critique of capitalism and opened new directions for practice. It is my hope that this book will accompany those who seek to deepen their appreciation of the Way during these critical times.

  4. jd

    It makes a thoroughly welcome change to read a critique of neoliberal capitalism with such a clear ‘humanist’ perspective. Humanist may seem a strange way to describe this work given the emphasis on the spiritual, but this is what I took from the text. Humanist in that it provides ‘reasoned’ and ‘ethical’ interpretations of and responses to primitive and untrammelled social corporate and individual behaviours. And does this while shunning both the technobabble that so frequently accompanies even radical economic and some (post modern) sociological / cultural analyses and the whiff (too often stench) of privileged entitlement that invariably accompanies christian post secular writings on this topic. This is an extremely well written and accessible analysis and deserves to be widely read. I’m aware, I guess, of most of the issues raised with regard to neoliberalism but was delighted with the informative detail – e.g. Kuznet’s original purpose for GDP, indeed Chapter 8 on the ‘happiness’ industry was a revelation.

    Thanks for the book it was instructive and a delight to read.

    Joe Doherty October 2016

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An original, insightful, and provocative evaluation of our economic situation today. If you wonder about the social implications of Buddhist teachings, this is an essential book. – David Loy, author Money, Sex, War, Karma

Lays bare the pernicious consequences of corporate capitalism and draws forth from Buddhism suggestions for creating benign alternatives conducive to true human flourishing. – Bhikkhu Bodhi, editor In the Buddha’s Words

Questions any definition of wellbeing that does not rest on a firm ethical foundation, developing a refreshing Buddhist critique of the ends of economic activity. – Dominic Houlder, Adjunct Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School