Ben wrote:It might be worth mentioning, and I am sure you know this, Maslow was a management theorist. So I think its interesting that Maslows ideas, originally developed for organisational development, have been adopted as some sort of near-universal meme in western social culture.
Kim O'Hara wrote:Hi, Ben,
Where did you get that from?
zavk wrote:Hi Kim and Ben
Looked through my notes and found some relevant info. It turns out that there’s a publication of Maslow’s journal called Eupsychian Management in which he ruminates about such issues as 'management, self-actualizing work, creativity, leadership, and other pertinent business topics'.
See preface (p. viii) in The Maslow Business Reader: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=8Pv ... q=&f=false
A quick search of Eupsychian Management on Google found this article: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/v ... tId=881420
It would appear that Maslow was indeed interested in the well-being of the individual. And I suppose in the context of American post-war economic boom, it is understandable why he saw no problems in linking individual well-being with such corporate ideals as efficiency and effectiveness. ...
zavk wrote:So to relate this back to the OP and Buddhism.....
If science is indeed now making ‘discoveries’ about spirituality, it is perhaps important to be mindful of how these discoveries would skew ‘spirituality’. In whose interests would these discoveries serve?
zavk wrote:... the social, cultural, political, and economic conditions that have allowed for western Buddhism to develop have also shaped contemporary spirituality. Therefore, western Buddhism cannot easily disassociate itself from contemporary spirituality because it shares the same history and is located within the same social, cultural, political and economic conditions. There’s no way that western Buddhism can step outside of these conditions.
zavk wrote:Contemporary forms of spirituality—insofar as they are based on self-centredness and consumerist desire—go against what Buddhism teaches. ... the history of Buddhism shows us that it has always developed a healthy relationship with the conditions it moves into and has even transformed them.
So the vitality of Buddhism depends on how it responds to these conditions. As I see it, rather than dismiss ‘spirituality’ as something that is irrelevant to us, we should perhaps start to reclaim it as a concept that magnifies such things as ethics, kindness, compassion, generosity, rather than individualism and consumerism. We could do this by cultivating more socially and ethically engaged forms of Buddhism. This is not to say that we should all participate in protests and so forth. But in our own way, we can encourage more socially engaged understandings of spirituality.
Kim O'Hara wrote:I'm not sure I agree with the sentence I have emphasised. Contemporary Buddhism 'shares the same history and is located within the same social, cultural, political and economic conditions' as contemporary football and hip-hop, too, but most of us have no trouble disassociating from them. We might have to be more careful in avoiding blurring of public perception, that's all.
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