Thursday, June 2, 2011

Blavatsky in the Board Room

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI), a leading global movement against corruption. Their website posts a presentation given at the Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA) Seminar on Buddhism and Business Management held in Colombo in May in connection with the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi. The piece “Buddhism in the Board Room” by Chandra Jayaratne, former Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chairman, adds a novel touch amid calls for good governance:

Russian esotericist Helena Petrova Blavatsky (1831-1891), best known as the founder of the modern Theosophical Movement, who in partnership with Colonel Henry Steel Olcott set the foundations for Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka through the promotion of education and Buddhist values, initiated a movement based upon “teachings” and “techniques” claimed to have received from real acquaintances whom she called “Masters” or Mahatmas. The “Masters” comprised of other esotericists who acted as humanists committed to global good governance, were willing to be guides, gurus and advocates and even whistle blowers where and whenever required.

The rest of the presentation can be read here.

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