I believe that the management based on maxi
mum productivity and of greatest possible profit
will undergo a paradigm shift in future. I would a
dvocate that paradigm shift into a management
based on the Buddhist principle of well be
ing of all including the labourers.
I got this idea or the idea
possessed me after my visit to Thailand in October 2004. I spent 10
days at Bangkok in Thailand on the occasion of th
e World Congress of the
International Catholic
Union of the Press (UCIP). The Congress gave
me ample opportunities
to encounter with
Buddhist religion and meet many Bu
ddhists and their monks as well as
socio-political leaders. In
my encounter with Buddhism so
me of my pet ideas were sha
ttered and I was deeply impressed
by some new ideas of Buddhist management.
I held the view that Bhagvan Buddha was one
of the incarnations of the Hindu gods and
goddesses and that the followers of Buddhism accep
ted him as their God. But my encounter with
the Buddhism and the Buddhists of Thailand change
d my ideas and views. Consequently today I
see Buddhism and Buddhists
with a new perspective.
A principal speaker and Buddhist
monk Venerable Somchai Kusalacitto said in his speech that
“Buddhism may not be a religion in general sens
e as you know. To me Buddhism seems to be
the system of holy life.”
Visits to places like Bangkok, Samphran, Da
mnern Saduak, Bang Nok-kw
aek and the old capital
Ayutthaya and the contacts with
the Buddhists at those places helped
me to get an idea of the
Buddhist way of thinking and living. I also came
to know, so to say, th
e secret of the speedy
development of Thailand.
The secret is the Buddhist management system or
principle. In the Buddhist management people
believe that the competence and the maximu
m production of a person depend on his being a
happy and contented person. So the Buddhist inspir
ed management believes in keeping a person
happy in all ways.
In other words, the more a person experiences
happiness the more he
become competent and
consequently his production increa
ses. When a person is happy and contended, then he does his
job to the best of his abilities
. Naturally a happy person not only produces more but also does his
very best.
A happy person understands himself very well. He
knows what makes him happy and contended.
Buddhist management takes all these things in
to consideration and
creates both suitable
infrastructure and conducive atmo
sphere for a person to be happy.
In the daily programmes of the UC
IP World Congress I could see th
at the small and big works of
the day were divided and distributed among many
people. There was also
a sense of equality
among the people doing different odd jobs. There
was no distinction of high and low among the
Buddhist people.
The one who compered the meeting from the stag
e and the one cleaning up the toilet outside the
hall every now and then were doing totally different
jobs. But from the point of the quality of
their works, both excelled in th
eir jobs. Obviously both were ha
ppy and content in their jobs.
In Buddhist management works is considered a pa
rt of the living. A person has to seek and find
happiness and contentment not only in his work but al
so in other areas of his life. So an efficient
manager takes interest in his labourer not only in
the area of his work but also in other areas of
his life. He pays keen attention in
the affairs of this institution as well as in the lives of all people
associated with it.
In a Buddhist inspired management the manager
will pay attention to th
e various areas of the
development of his labourers. So also in matters
of works and important decision he will involve
the workers instead of making the decisions on his own.
In order to be happy always in life the Buddhi
st religion persuades he
r followers to create
detachment in life. So an efficient manager will
help his labourers to be
detached from all types
of attachments. Every labourer is taken into c
onfidence so that he need not worry about his
works or loosing his job. He can
also discuss with the manage
r about anything concerning his
life or his work. In the Buddhist management a work
is not doing his work in tension but he does
his best with a sense of responsibility.
As the venerable Monk Prof. Somchai Kusalacitt
o said, “In the religion of the Buddha all men
are equal. According to the Buddha, all men, anim
als, plants and phenomena are interrelated and
interdependent.” Taking this principle into
consideration, Buddhist management put emphasis on
everybody working in harmony. People need the c
ooperation and support of one another both in
leading a happy life as well as
in doing one’s best in one
s work or business areas.
Community feeling is given grea
t importance in Buddhist inspired management. So a manager
does his best to foster community feeling and s
ee that all his workers do
their best in supporting
and collaborating with each othe
r. He takes all his coworkers a
nd subordinates into confidence
and with them decide the goals to be
achieved in a shared responsibility.
The strength of any chain is the strength of
its weakest link. Simila
rly an individual with
problems of personal nature or against his group
is the weakest link. In
such a situation the
manager knows that to keep up the community sp
irit and maintain efficiency, he needs to
dialogue with the person concer
ned and understand him and his probl
ems. So he is always ready
to give a patient hearing and discuss problems
and difficulties with his workers. Besides, the
manager holds from time to time conferences w
ith all coworkers and subordinates. He also
organizers meals together
and outings for his staff.
In the Buddhist management, a manager knows th
at there is no monopoly of truth. The truth may
have more than one version. So a manager gi
ves attentive hearing to any coworkers with