Why MBA Students Should Meditate

  • Paul Forster Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
Keywords: MBA Students, Stress reduction, Buddhist


This essay argues for the introduction of Buddhist mindfulness meditation practice in MBA education for the purposes of expanding the exploration of solutions to environmental problems. Meditation is already taught in many business schools, primarily for the purposes of stress reduction, leadership development and creativity. There are voluntary workshops and meditation programs available to business students at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, INSEAD and many other top MBA programs. 

In this essay, I refer to meditation in the context of the Buddhist practice of meditation. Meditation lies at the heart of the Buddhist practice as the means to personal transformation. Buddhism has a very sophisticated psychology that takes a meditation practitioner through establishing a foundation of concentration, then developing mindfulness and insight with the aim of freeing the mind of its attachments and freeing practitioners from discontent.