A lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison."
~ The Buddha
Simple, sound and straight forward advice, but the Buddha didn't have to deal with space travel, gene splicing, genetically modified organisms, cloning, media relations or the internet. How can his uncomplicated advice be used in today's world?
For the vast majority of us, work is doing something and getting paid - an exchange of dollars for our time, our mental acuity and our physical labour. It is a way of getting money to buy what we want or need. In Buddhism and the Nature of Work, Horner takes an in-depth look at what, Buddhism and its related values might bring to the workplace. We explore four main areas; the history of work in society, work culture, the changing face of work and the intersection of Buddhist values and practices to the workplace as employee and owner.
Our work, when done with vigour, mindfulness and care, contributes, in ways both great and small, to the betterment of our fellow man. To work is to be part of a continuum that stretches back to the time of earliest man.
6" X 9" 277 pages, paperback, perfect bound ISBN: 978-1-7771539-4-6
Buddhism and the Nature of Work
Tasked with a dangerous quest, Vikkama, a Buddhist monk, and a mind-bending carpenter named Advaith, journey through the Sangara Peninsula, to recover a precious lost relic belonging to the White Monastery. As they navigate the Panagama River, they meet allies and enemies, encounter the mythic, water-dwelling Nagae, are hampered by bandits, storms, murderous ghosts, and must evade a maniacal, military deserter bent on revenge. In time, they find themselves in the middle of hostilities that could plunge the Sangara Peninsula into a conflict that would last for generations.
6" X 9" 390 pages, paperback, perfect bound ISBN: 978-1-7771539-7-7
"This novel is well-paced, with many diversions and locales presented in episodic chapters that still propel the main adventure plot forward ... solidly written, with clear prose and believable dialogue. The narration has a charming, raconteur quality to it. The novel's south Asian aesthetic is different from many fantasy adventures, and the Buddhist influence is a welcome change of perspective for the genre. The travellers, eventually four, who make up the protagonist’s party for much of the book, have a quiet camaraderie between them that strengthens as they encounter more locations and adventures."
The Booklife Prize Review 2020