After his Enlightenment the Buddha set out to help liberate the individual, and create a society free from suffering. The economic resources now exist to offer a realistic possibility of providing everyone with decent food, shelter, work and leisure, to allow each of us to fulfil our potential as human beings, whilst protecting the environment. What is it in the nature of modern capitalism which prevents that happening? Can Buddhism help us build something better than our current economic system, to reduce suffering and help the individual to freedom? In this thought-provoking work, Vaddhaka Linn explores answers to these questions by examining our economic world from the moral standpoint established by the Buddha.
Buddha on Wall Street: What’s Wrong with Capitalism and What We Can Do about It, Vaddhaka Linn, Windhorse Publications, Paperback, 272 pages, 2015, $16.95
Having completed a first degree in economics, and a postgraduate degree in industrial relations, Vaddhaka Linn worked for over twenty years in the UK in trade unionism and adult education, before joining the Triratna Buddhist Community, in which he has lived and worked since 1994. He now divides his time between the UK and Estonia, where he teaches and helps to run a Buddhist centre in the Uus Maailm (New World) district of Tallinn. He is the author (as Ian Linn) of Application Refused: Employment Vetting by the State (Civil Liberties Trust 1990) and of The Case Against the Polygraph (Society of Civil and Public Servants, 1983). His newest book, The Buddha on Wall Street: What's Wrong with Capitalism and What We Can Do about It was published by Windhorse Publications in March 2015.