Membership in the Buddha’s Sangha was not determined by birth, but by free choice of an aspirant and literally by formal adoption into a new type of kinship group.
The Buddha’s teaching on domestic economy is a challenging charter for social emancipation compared to the crude will-to-power underlying Brahmin theology and Aristotelian philosophy.
The Buddha’s economic vision steers a Middle Path that goes through and beyond the two models debated by contemporary economic planners: total control of production by the State, or the laissez faire approach, which gives freedom to market forces that are in reality forces of desire.
The Buddha was the first thinker in world history to formulate a theory of contractual power. The Aggañña Sutta is the earliest known discourse on politics where the source of state power is traced to popular consensus.
A series of questions and answers in which the Buddha leads a young brāhmaṇa to awakening.