Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(8), pp. 685-691 August 2012         
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The laughing Buddha, doing business and the art of motivation

Ang Sik Liong1* and Low Kim Cheng Patrick2

1Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, University Brunei Darussalam Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong BE 1410, Brunei.

2Associate, Professor of Management and Marketing, University of South Australia.

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Received 25 July, 2012; Accepted 15 August, 2012


All of us want to be successful in life. Most people are seeking that extra edge to move forward or forge ahead. In this paper, the researcher-practitioners investigate the use of  a Buddhist Icon, the Laughing Buddha as a motivator to improve and better oneself. Buddhists pray to the Laughing Buddha requesting for healthy living, good luck, wealth and prosperity; and the Laughing Buddha, as a symbol of motivation, inspires them. In doing business, the Laughing Buddha way, it also helps businesspeople in attaining good relationship, great patnership, prosperity, peace and harmony in their business circle and society.


Keywords: The Laughing Buddha, Pu Tai; Buddhism, doing business, motivation.


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