BUDDHIST ECONOMICS

Western Buddhist Pioneers from U.K. and USA visit Thailand

January 2012

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dharmachari vajraketu

Dharmachari Vajraketu, Triratna Buddhist Community

Managing Director of Windhorse:Evolution for the past 23 years

The Triratna Buddhist Community was founded in 1967 as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) by Sangharakshita, an Englishman who spent 20 years in the east, 16 of them as a Buddhist monk. Having returned to Britain in the mid-1960s he saw the need for a new Buddhist movement. His vision was to create something faithful to traditional Buddhist values while being relevant to the modern world.

Windhorse started trading in 1980 as a market stall. Windhorse:Evolution is now the largest and most profitable of Triratna?s Right Livelihood businesses, employing over 200 people. They say – ?We have always aimed to make a profit to give away as dana, and since Windhorse started in 1980 have donated over ?5 million pounds to many different projects in the Triratna Buddhist Community. Trading conditions have been difficult since the UK?s recession, but despite that we opened two new Evolution shops last year!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, 13.30-16.30 hours

SEM, Ruen Roi Chanam, Klongsarn, Bangkok