Buddhist economics: oxymoron or idea whose time has come?

March 18, 2014

wildmind meditation newsKathleen Maclay, UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley economist Clair Brown acknowledges that “Buddhist economics” may seem like an oxymoron.

Nevertheless, she’s teaching a sophomore seminar on the topic this semester — the campus’s second such offering over the past year.

Brown said she created the one-unit Buddhist Economics course after students in her Introductory Economics (Econ 1) class expressed frustration with the relentless Madison Avenue message that more is better, economic growth paves the path to a better life and “retail therapy” is a quick trip to nirvana.

Nicholas Austin, an economics major from Laguna Beach, Calif., and a student this spring in Brown’s Buddhist …

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Economics 101 meets Buddhism

February 24, 2009

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT Chances are, your college economics course didn’t involve much meditation. But after completing a fellowship at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Amherst College economics professor Daniel Barbezat decided to introduce meditation, along with other Buddhist practices, into his course on “consumption and the pursuit of happiness.”

He encourages students to reflect on what produces feelings of satisfaction and happiness so they can better interpret the numerous studies on the subject. Read more…

I recently spoke with Barbezat about his approach.


How did you get the idea for this course?

I thought it would be interesting to get students to become aware of what they’re doing when they’re

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