Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mindful Leadership – Another Perspective And Approach To Current World Crisis By Examining The Vietnamese Buddhist Monks In America’s Leadership Practices And Their Contributions To Society

a blueprint for better living, towards harmony and peace

Contexts of the Research
Given the continuing state of global affairs, apparent is a lack of a spiritual dimension (moral and ethical) in leadership. Whether in business, politics, family, or education we see the lack of deep spiritual leadership contributing to negative consequences caused by unethical or unenlightened leaders. Both Eastern and Western societies may lack an in-depth understanding of how the spiritual leadership practices of Vietnamese Buddhist monks might be models of moral and ethical leadership. Considering the potential for their spiritual leadership to be transformative in global and local contexts, we are reminded of the Thich Nhat Hanh’s wisdom:
         Whether or not the twenty-first century becomes a century of spirituality depends on our capacity of building community. Without a community, we will become victims of despair. We need each other. We need to congregate, to bring together our wisdom, our insight, and our compassion. 

Regionally, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) seeks to create a peaceful community within its member nations, acting in a spirit of cooperation to settle differences and disputes through peaceful processes. Seeking to create a caring society, ASEAN nations seek the common good for the people, one typified by well-being, inclusivity, and harmony. Those mutual purposes may be informed by the spiritual leadership practices of Vietnamese Buddhist monks revealed through this research project...

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