Karma as Payment, and Labour as Spiritual Exchange

  • Eden Arizona Cooper University of Edinburgh Social Anthropology Department
Keywords: Keywords: Buddhism, labour, work, exchange, the gift.

Abstract


This piece of ethnography focuses on extrapolating ideas on the inherent value of labour as a form of exchange in Buddhist religious and material economy. From drawing on my ethnographic fieldwork in Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre, I explore how lay residents redefine socioeconomic structures by using different Buddhist doctrines to create their own value of labour.

 

Keywords: Buddhism, labour, work, exchange, the gift.

Published
20-Jun-2018
How to Cite
Cooper, E. (2018). Karma as Payment, and Labour as Spiritual Exchange. Re:Think - a Journal of Creative Ethnography, 1(1), 25-34. Retrieved from http://journals.ed.ac.uk/rethink/article/view/2604