In The Wisdom of Sustainability Sulak Sivaraksa continues the work on Buddhist economics started by E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. Based on decades of thought, writing and political leadership The Wisdom of Sustainability outlines how economic success ought to be measured by Gross National Happiness, rather than Gross Domestic Product. Focussing on small-scale, indigenous and sustainable alternatives to globalisation, Sulak offers alternatives for restructuring our economies based on Buddhist principles and in a way that will promote personal development.
Not only a critique of consumerism and the current economic model, The Wisdom of Sustainability is an urgent and essential outline of the alternatives that can begin to heal our planet by creating sustainability at both the individual and global levels. In the wake of the economic crash no other author is as topical, challenging and far-sighted in offering a way towards a sane and just society.
Sulak Sivaraksa is one of Asia’s leading intellectuals, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1995 and has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Visit his website to learn more about Sulak Sivaraksa.
“Sulak and I share a conviction that if we are to solve human problems, economic and technological development must be accompanied by an inner spiritual growth.”
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
“Like Ghandi, Sulak offers great inspiration to a civilisation that has lost its way.”
Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart