Can money and Buddhism mix?

Lotos Network
Aug 8, 2017 · 7 min read
Ven. P.A. Payutto is a well known Thai Buddhist monk, an intellectual, and a prolific writer.

Buddhist economics

Buddha was a starving aesthetic, before accepting wealth, rejecting poverty, and becoming enlightened.

The beginning

“Woeful in the world is poverty and debt.”

“Wealth destroys the foolish, but not those who search for the Goal.”

Buddha was a businessman, economist, and lawyer

Monks and business

Money in old Chinese Buddhist temples

Buddha on using wealth

“When an inferior man gains abundant wealth, he does not
make himself, his family, his slaves, servants, or employees happy. . . . That wealth, not being used properly, goes to waste, not to utilization.”


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