We Are the Economy

We Are the Economy

The Buddhist Way of Work, Consumption, and Money

Kai Romhardt


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A no-nonsense Zen approach to our economic realities can change everything and help us regain our freedom. 

Is it possible to be personally fulfilled, and also make a difference within our current financial system? If you're skeptical, business coach and Zen practitioner Kai Romhardt proposes a minimalist, awareness-based strategy that totally reconfigures our core economic relationships: work, consumption, and money.

How do we do that? We need to pause, breathe, and get in touch with our true intentions. 

Too often, we think of the economy as something outside of us, as beyond the scope of our individual choices. We're unhappy with how things are going, with unthinking growth that polarizes our world and condenses wealth at the top, but we don't know what to do. Romhardt argues that individuals who wield a sharp Buddhist mindset can, in fact, create change through personal decisions: when we can see in to society, and in to our constructs, we become empowered to choose deeply real and purposeful lives.


Kai Romhardt:
Kai Romhardt works as a speaker, author, business coach, and retreat leader. He is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition. Since 2001, the question of what mindfulness and Buddhist practice have to offer our economy has become Kai's central focus. He has authored seven books on management, organizations, and the various aspects and impacts of mindfulness on our life, work, and thinking. He lives with his family in Berlin, Germany.