Mindfulness and Money

The Buddhist Path to Abundance

by Kulananda and Dominic Houlder

Kulananda and Dominic Houlder are Buddhist teachers who have also been highly successful in the business arena. They have observed that one of the greatest causes of suffering the wealthy West is our love/hate relationship with our money: No matter how much we have, we don’t feel it is enough, or we fear losing it, or we mourn the way we are forced to earn it. In Mindfulness and Money, the authors use their Buddhist understanding, and the examples of others on the Buddhist path, to reveal the key to financial peace, whatever one’s income.

The root of suffering in our financial lives, Kulananda and Houlder say, is our desire to use money to make us feel complete, and the problem is that money cannot do that — in fact, nothing can. That sense of incompleteness is an indelible part of our human experience, and fighting it can cause us to live pinched, defensive, fearful money lives. Instead, Kulananda and Houlder offer us the Path of Abundance, which suggests practical strategies for countering our suffering. The Path is formed of five precepts — kindness, generosity, contentment, honesty, and awareness — which together teach us to earn and spend creatively: the key to living peacefully with money.

Mindfulness and Money lays out the Path of Abundance with practical wisdom, exercises, meditations, and real-life examples that speak to Buddhists and others alike. When we follow the Path, the authors promise, we not only avoid suffering about money; we also move closer to knowing who we really are, and we set ourselves free to live with our life’s true purpose.

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books; (December 24, 2002)
ISBN: 0767909143
List Price: $23.95

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Believe nothing merely because you have been told it… Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to and take it as your guide.
The Buddha

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