NEW BOOK> Social and Economic Dimensions in Early Buddhism by Oliver Abenayake

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I would like to bring to the attention of the community the publication of a book by my former teacher, Prof. Oliver Abeynayake:

The Social and Economic Dimensions of Early Buddhism. Author: Oliver Abeynayake Publisher: The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, March 2016). pp. 148++ ISBN: 978-988-16820-1-7


Further details:

This book contains the notes prepared for lectures delivered for the Master of Arts Degree in Buddhist Studies at The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong, affiliated to the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. They are given with various amalgamations in the chapter form. Part One of the book consists of chapters on the social dimension and Part Two comprises chapters on the economic dimension of early Buddhism.


Part One: Buddhist Social Dimension

Chapter One
The Basic Buddhist Teachings with Inbuilt Social Welfare 

Chapter Two
The Social and Political Background of Buddhism

Chapter Three
Social Significance of the Buddhist Path

Chapter Four
The Buddhist Analysis of the Fourfold Caste System, Social Stratification and the Position of Women

Chapter Five
The Five Precepts and their Social Application

Chapter Six
The Buddhist Theory of State 

Chapter Seven
The Buddhist Attitude towards the Fine Arts and the Environment

Part Two: Buddhist Economic Dimension

Chapter Eight
The Justification of the term Buddhist Economics

Chapter Nine
Economic, Political and Social Background of Buddhism

Chapter Ten
The Relevance of the Buddhist Path to Economic Philosophy

Chapter Eleven
The Buddhist Analysis of Development, Poverty and Labour

Chapter Twelve
The Buddhist Exposition of Wealth

Chapter Thirteen
The Role of the State in Economic Management

Chapter Fourteen
The Relationship between Economics and Ethics


Details for ordering copies:

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Jnan Nanda
PhD Candidate
The University of Hong Kong