Consumerism and happiness

A talk given at the Buddhist Library in Singapore on October 1, 2000.

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  • The defects of consumerism (download)

    Questioning the premise that we need external things to be happy and improve ourselves. The difficulties of measuring the value of our lives through consumerism.

    Examining our motivation (download)

    Examining our motivation for daily activities. The motivations that leads to happiness and those that lead to suffering. Consumerism and the environment.

    Questions and answers part 1 (download)

    On the difference between self-grasping and self-esteem.

    Questions and answers part 2 (download)

    On the contradiction between Buddhism and current economic theory.

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