Buddhist reflections on "consumer" and "consumerism"
From: Journal of Buddhist Ethics(Vol. 20)
Publisher: Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Document Type: Essay
Length: 5,343 words
This paper starts with a characterization of "consumerism" and the idea of "the consumer." It then explores Buddhist attitudes on wealth and "Buddhist economics" before drawing on these to develop a critical assessment of consumerism as an ineffective and wasteful route to human happiness.