[GOT BUDDHIST ECONOMICS?] Author, Buddhist lecturer, and finance professional Layth Matthews shares insights regarding happiness, contentment, and bringing more balance into our lives – especially in the hectic “rat race” of advanced economies. In his book, “The Four Noble Truths of Wealth: A Buddhist View of Economic Life”, Layth brings together a mastery of Buddhist principles, expertise in economics and finance, and a sensibility about meaning, purpose, and thoughtfulness in hyper-consumerist society. The book is full of wise, pithy aphorisms, such as: “Beware of false urgency,” “The foundation of genuine discipline is making friends with oneself,” and “It is relaxing with the holes in one’s identity that creates a tremendous space for humor, curiosity, and compassion.”
After graduating from the University of Washington in Economics, Layth attended the 1984 Vajradhatu Buddhist seminary. Layth is President of Rigden Financial Inc. and recently joined the faculty of College of New Caledonia in Prince George, British Columbia, as an Instructor of Business Administration. Layth asserts that “A wealthy outlook is the first step and the fruition of genuine prosperity”. He is convinced the best way to help this world, spiritually and economically, is to make friends with oneself at the atomic level, and the best way to do that is through the practice of sitting meditation. His book, “The Four Noble Truths of Wealth: a Buddhist View of Economic Life” provides the foundation of a deeper form of prosperity which cools the fires of materialism from the inside out.