Change Agent: B-School Buddhism

A PROFESSOR STEEPS CAREER ADVICE IN EASTERN THOUGHT FOR A NEW APPROACH TO BUSINESS

Srikumar Rao wants his students to meditate. He teaches them to be grateful. In his gentle voice, he asks them to stop living in a "me centered" world and start living in an "other centered" one. It's the kind of talk that would be right at home in a Buddhist monastery, but Rao's disciples gather in another kind of temple: business school.

Think of it as self-help for the M.B.A. set. Mixing Eastern philosophy with career counseling, Rao's personal-development class gets business students to explore what they find meaningful in life and integrate it into their careers. Despite some initial skepticism...

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