October 3, 2005
Written by C.N.
The Hartford Courant has a story that describes how a group of Buddhist monks in China are taking business management courses to help them better manage their temples:
Proving that in China’s booming commercial hub of Shanghai, even Buddhism is big business, a group of 18 Buddhist monks and lay people are taking MBA classes to better manage their temple, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.
The course, specially designed by Shanghai’s Jiaotong University, teaches temple management and corporate strategy, along with marketing religious articles. Monks also will gain some tips on how to get ahead in business from Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” the report said.
What’s next, a Buddhist version of “The Apprentice” where instead of saying “You’re fired,” Donald Trump says, “You’re unenlightened!“? Who says tradition and modernity can’t mix?
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