Published: April 3, 2016

Anxious WealthThe CU Boulder Geography Department, Center for Asian Studies, and Tibet Himalaya Initiative are co-hosting Anthropologist John Osburg on Friday, April 22nd at 3:30 pm in Guggenheim 205. Professor Osburg is the recent author of Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality Among China's New Rich (2013) and will speak on the interface between Han Chinese business people and Tibetan Buddhism. His talk is titled "Business and Belief among Han Chinese Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism in the People's Republic of China." 

The abstract for his talk reads: 
In the context of a perceived spiritual and moral crisis in Chinese society, growing numbers of Han Chinese are turning to Tibetan Buddhism for ethical guidance. This talk is based on an ethnographic study of a group of wealthy, urban Han Chinese who have become followers of Tibetan Buddhism and patrons of reincarnated lamas and charismatic Tibetan monks. Dr. Osburg will examine the sources of the appeal of Tibetan Buddhism for wealthy Han and the range of ways in which they integrate Buddhist principles and ritual practice into their lives. For some, donations to monks serve as a form of "spiritual protection money" that will safeguard their businesses and enhance their careers, while for others Buddhist principles become the basis for dramatic moral and social self-transformation.

For more inforamtion see the Geography Department's website.