Empowering a Shift in Self-Awareness: An Inquiry into How Buddhism Benefits Westerners at Work

Degree Name

MA in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations

First Advisor

Ken Williams


An inquiry into empowering a shift in awareness of the nature of self, this present study looks at how Buddhism is being implemented in a western nonprofit environment. The research examines “What are the implications of organizational alignment with a Buddhist-inspired purpose.” The symbolic interactionism between the workplace and individuals is observed in the data. A qualitative study, the methodology utilized an online questionnaire and interview protocols. Fifty-three short and long-term volunteers completed the questionnaire; five long-term Buddhist practitioners gave phone interviews. The results indicate applying the Buddhist aim increases authenticity, connection, purpose, and ethical behavior. As such this study is beneficial for western workplaces seeking to end exploitative behaviors amongst workers and increase productivity by limiting interpersonal conflict.


Human Resources Management | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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