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Offline Gincha

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Buddhism and business
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:32:50 am »
Can an Entrepreneur truly be a Buddhist?

Offline Rahul

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Re: Buddhism and business
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 02:55:27 am »
Yes. But why did this question arise in your mind? What is your definition of 'Buddhist'? What makes you doubt if an entrepreneur can be a true Buddhist?

Offline Bradster

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Re: Buddhism and business
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 10:28:33 pm »
Can an Entrepreneur truly be a Buddhist?

Before I comment know that I’ve only started practicing Buddhism for a month and do not speak from any kind of experience.

However, I think I may be able to identify or at least relate to why you asked the question.  Is it more common for a business owner with employees to be aggressive and what you may feel is disrespectful or supportive and understanding?
Everyone will have a different answer based on their experience.   I managed twenty-two people for about eight years with a decent turn around so new people and experiences to draw from all the time. When I first started management I did it by force. I was aggressive, stern and didn’t have time for what reasons one had for lack of performance.  The reason for this is I lacked experienced and the only tool I had was a hammer.

A couple years later with experience I learned there are far more effective tools than a hammer. My management style became the complete opposite. Those that worked for me respected me and I them. We looked out for one another.  If someone did wrong, or something pretty inappropriate like snap on a customer.  I understood why they did it, it was a hard job and it’s something all of us inside would love to do at times.  I reviewed the good work they had done and also, I communicated that I know why they did it and what drove them to it. 

They know what they did was wrong, you can read it all over them. Things like that can happen to the best of us. I would end it with, I enjoy working with them and would like to continue to do so, but if it happens in the future it’s now me that’s in the line of fire.  Do you think you have learned from this and things should be ok moving forward?

Never once had a repeat occurrence or any issues moving forward. I respected them and looked out for them, they know what position it puts me in if it happens again and they did the same for me.
The moral of the story it’s all based on experience and how you want to go about it.  Entrepreneurship is leadership. The quality of it comes from experience and the way you want to go about it.  I personally found it more effective in a business standpoint to be more Zen about it in the long run from my experience.

Hope that was helpful.

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People’s opinion will very on this but let’s say you visit two lawyers to review your case.

Lawyer one, shows you every possible position that could be used for your case. Most are long shots but given your situation you are drawn to it and compelled to push forward and hold on to hope. You could sink thousands of dollars holding out for hope.

Lawyer Two: Is down to earth and tells you how it is.  Look there are ways we could go about this, but ultimately in this situation this is how it’s going to play out. 

Which one is more painful?  Who’s right? The answer is within you.  You have to carry that with you for a while. The way you want to go about it that allows you to sleep at night and know you did the right thing is the answer.  From the lawyers point of view, both are trying to provide you the best service on what they think you need to hear.

« Last Edit: July 11, 2017, 10:43:44 pm by Bradster »

Offline The Artis Magistra

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Re: Buddhism and business
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 08:06:15 pm »
Can an Entrepreneur truly be a Buddhist?

If they were to accomplish such a task, they might be called a Buddhist Entrepreneur.

Offline VisuddhiRaptor

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Re: Buddhism and business
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 02:21:03 am »
Can an Entrepreneur truly be a Buddhist?

The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is non-harming therefore if a business does not trade in harming things, it is OK in Buddhism.

This link lists the Buddhist view on the wrong types of business:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca4/samma-ajivo/index.html

This link advises Buddhist business people to spend 1/4 of their income, save 1/4 of their income and reinvest 1/2 of their income into their business:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.31.0.nara.html

Buddhism is business friendly but only business that does not harm.  :namaste:

Offline The Artis Magistra

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Re: Buddhism and business
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 10:22:11 pm »
Can you list out without needing to go to links (some difficulties with my browser), some ideas or clues about what are considered harmful and non-harmful and what you would think are generally or in a little more detail alright for a Buddhist and not really good? I guess making clothing is an example of a not trade in harming things, and making gun is selling a device which can potentially harm people, is designed for that purpose, even if one doesn't end up firing it and uses it just as a defense, just as one might use in defense some article of clothing or use an article of clothing to strangle a person or uses clothing to defend from the elements?

 


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