Beginner’s Mind

Buddhism and Buddhist Economics Seen through New Eyes

Beginner’s Mind is a special project from Buddhistdoor Global collecting insightful essays written by college students in the US who have attended experiential-learning-based courses related to Buddhism. Some of the authors identify as Buddhists, for others it is their first encounter with the Buddhadharma. All are sharing reflections and impressions on what they’ve learned, how it has impacted their lives, and how they might continue to engage with the teaching.

Beginner’s Mind aims to offer a platform for these students to share their views on the Buddhadharma from the perspective of the “beginner’s mind.” Through commentaries, insights, and observations, these essays address some of the imminent challenges facing young people and the world today, from social and economic inequality to environmental sustainability and beyond, filtered through the lens of Buddhism.

Beginner’s Mind is updated monthly.

With special thanks to Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Williams College, and Jessica Xiaomin Zu, Assistant Professor of Religion at USC Dornsife.


Movement as a Framework for Reconciliation

2 February 2021

Articulating a Buddhist response to structural inequality and trauma through dance.

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Duhkha Runs the World – Buddhist Economics, Labor, and Wage Economies

6 January 2021

Our unsustainable reality of structural violence and systemic exploitation.

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A Whole New World

21 December 2020

Thoughts on Buddhist economics and structural inequality.

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30 November 2020

Reflections on Buddhist economics and our learned values.

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Reflections on Buddhist Economics and My Buddha-nature

19 October 2020

First steps on the path.

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24 September 2020

Intention and volition on the path to meaning.

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29 August 2020

Thoughts on impermanence and meaning in a precarious world.

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