Saturday, September 10, 2005

Management: Buddhist monks to learn corporate strategy

Eighteen Buddhist monks at the Monastery of Nephritic Buddha in Shanghai have started learning an international MBA program in order to become efficient managers.

The six-month program will teach the monks knowledge of corporate strategy, and the promotion of philosophical concepts and products for carrying out religious rites.

This reminds me a little of Tom Lehrer's, "Vatican Rag" in which he takes a satirical look at "marketing" the Catholic church.

"Get in line in that processional,
Step into that small confessional,
There, the guy who's got religion'll
Tell you if your sin's original.
If it is, try playing it safer,
Drink the wine and chew the wafer,
Two, four, six, eight,
Time to transubstantiate!

So get down upon your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!"