Buddhism: Kyoto Manifesto for Global Economics

This Kyoto Manifesto for Global Economics will take you to understand how the interdisciplinary approach of economy, community and spirituality will build a better and virtuous world. This book covers the new definition of an economy to make it sustainable for humanity, community and spirituality that is ever needed in this century.

‘The Kyoto Manifesto for Global Economics – The Platform of Community, Humanity and Spirituality’ is the book recently launched at NTI representing a symbolic ‘bridge’ between humanity and its spirituality on the one side, and knowledge and the everyday world on the other.

This Kyoto Manifesto confronts the failings of current global economics to deliver the equity, sustainability and community empowerment which humanity needs to handle a troubled future. The volume proposes an economy built from our society, not the other way around.

The book’s analysis is deeply informed by the practice of searching for what is “sacred”, the ultimate essence of our humanity, what we can be as a human race — empowered, fulfilled individuals, deeply sharing and caring for each other across our separate cultures and lives.

The result is an economics that stresses harmony with nature, and balance in social relations. It places an emphasis on community — human sharing and trust — as a platform for our future, not separate from the global economy but integrated into its very foundations. This is a book for all who care: a plan for our sustainable future built from the best of what our humanity is and can offer.

Nan Tien Institute’s Humanistic Buddhism Centre has been central to the book’s creation, with contributions from both Venerable Dr Juewei Shi, Director of the Centre and Emeritus Professor Stephen Hill, Advisor to the Centre.

NTI was fortunate to have acclaimed psychologist, sociologist, social researcher, writer and social commentator Hugh Mackay AO, pre-record a speech that was broadcast at the launch. In his speech, Hugh explains that the most interesting factor about human beings and human nature is not that ‘we are all different’, but that we ‘share the same common humanity’. Here is Hugh’s fascinating speech in full, in case you missed it on the day.



Copies of the book can be purchased at the UOW Unishop and Springer



Launched in 2011, within the grounds of the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple, in Wollongong, New South Wales, Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, higher education provider offering studies in the areas of arts, health, mindfulness and wellbeing.

Today NTI operates from its own state-of-the-art Campus, which incorporates contemplative pedagogy and fosters an environment for holistic learning, allowing students to contribute to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding, both within their own lives and within the lives of others.

Accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, Nan Tien Institute offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies and Health and Social Wellbeing, as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of mindfulness, meditation and health.

NTI also has an English Language Centre, located in the heart of Sydney – providing a pathway for international students.

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