Buddhist economics : the relevance of an ancient wisdom tradition to today's dilemmas = 傳統佛教文化如何解釋當今社會現狀?

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Lingnan Gardeners, Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University

Global University for Sustainability

Document Type

Public Lecture




10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.


G01, Leung Kau Kui Building, Lingnan University


Today's dominant economic philosophy, neoliberalism, pretends to be the most efficient, value-free approach to the subject. Yet, multiple serious problems come in its wake, including a widening gulf between rich and poor, vast ecological destruction and high levels of instability and volatility. Visionary economist, E.F. Schumacher, turned to Buddhism to get a deeper insight into the reasons for the malfunctioning of modern economy. This seminar explored the growing convergence between the teachings of ancient wisdom traditions, including Buddhism, holistic science and ecosystem design that pointed us in a quite new direction and open up pathways to a more balanced, harmonious and sustainable economy.

嶺南彩園與全球大學合作,邀請了英國舒馬赫學院的經濟學系主任Jonathan Dawson教授講授佛教經濟學,從傳統智慧的角度探究現代發展的問題。



Additional Information

Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon. Until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, he has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia.

Also, Jonathan is the principal author of the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum, drawn from best practice within ecovillages worldwide, that has been endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. He teaches this curriculum at universities, ecovillages and community centres in Brazil, Spain and Scotland. He has also adopted the curriculum to virtual format and teaches it through the Open University of Catalunya in Barcelona.

Recommended Citation

Dawson, J. (2015, October 13). Buddhist economics: The relevance of an ancient wisdom tradition to today's dilemmas = 傳統佛教文化如何解釋當今社會現狀? [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/ln_gardeners_videos/8