Thousands of years ago, the Buddha established a framework to help people achieve happiness and avoid suffering. For Buddhists, work is an organic, important part of life and an expression of a person’s highest values. Religious studies professor Franz Metcalf and business writer BJ Gallagher prove the modern relevance of Buddhist ideas, particularly in the workplace. Presented as question-and-answer discussions – as if students were quizzing a master teacher – this is a small book, but not a light read. It will give you plenty to think about, despite sometimes being a bit esoteric (consider the difficulty of condensing 2,500 years of thought into 176 pages). getAbstract finds that the readings have a cumulative, stress-relieving impact; they will give you a deeper understanding of Buddhist canons and their practical application in seeking balance.
In this summary, you will learn
- What Buddhism’s four “noble truths” are,
- What traits make up the “eightfold path” and
- How to apply Buddhist wisdom to the modern work environment.
About the Authors
Franz Metcalf, a religious studies professor at California State University, Los Angeles, also wrote What Would Buddha Do? BJ Gallagher, who produces corporate videos, also wrote several books, including the bestseller A Peacock in the Land of Penguins.
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1 year agoTruly makes me grateful for the amazing company I work for, and how they are already putting most of these views and values into practice.
5 years agoGood summary even for people who are not "Buddhists "!
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6 years agoVery interesting view of the workplace. It covers issues such as conflict, leadership and change in a way that I have not read about before.