Mammon 1, God 0

File under Zen and the art of corporate maintenance.

The first group of monks in China to complete an MBA course have begun reflecting on their achievements.

China continued to show it’s adapting to capitalism when Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple commissioned Jiaotong University to design a degree focussing on monastery management, to help its monks mix business with prayer.

“Jade Buddha Monastery needs management just like a company,” Chang Chun, the temple’s general manager and a newly minted MBA-holder, was quoted as saying by China Daily.

In addition to the usual MBA nonsense, the monks’ curriculum included lectures on temple management, philosophy and religious product marketing. Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” was on the reading list.

Now if we could just get more MBAs to study Buddhism.