Incorporating mindfulness: questioning capitalism

B. Scherer, J. Waistell

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© 2017 Association of Management, Spirituality & Religion.This paper engages with Buddhist critiques of capitalism and consumerism; and it challenges the capitalist appropriations of Buddhist techniques. We show how Buddhist modernism and Marxism/socialism can align, and how Engaged Buddhism spawns communalism and socially revolutionary impulses for sustainability and ecological responsibility within the framework of Buddhist thought and mindfulness traditions. Our example of the Thai Asoke community exemplifies Buddhist communal mindfulness-in-action, explores successes and idiosyncrasies, and shows how communal principles can operate in such work-based communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-140
JournalJournal of Management, Spirituality and Religion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


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