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The Buddhist Perspectives on Time Management 01

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This Article is the first part of the Buddhist Perspectives on Time Management and discuss about Introduction to Time Management; the Buddhist Perspectives on Time and Time Management.

Introduction to Time Management

Defining about Time is very difficult, as it has spread widely and number of disciplines. There are so many definition has given to Time. Basically it is divided into Past, Present and Future.

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Time is measuring by various amounts of units as well as intervals between events. Sometime events are categorized by time factor. Time is gradually consuming and unstoppable. According to that people are planning and executing their activities to be success.

Time management is famous topic in modern world and they apply various models and methods for that. Time management is a valuable concept that improves effectiveness and efficiency of events considering time factor.

The Buddhist Perspectives on Time Management 01

Before 2500 years, The Load Buddha declared accurately the smallest and largest measurement of time. The Load Buddha taught, practiced himself and others of Time Management. The load Buddha preached various and enormous amount of important teachings within 45 years.  

The Buddhist Perspectives on Time

The Load Buddha taught about smallest and greatest measurement of time in universe. That scale cannot be measured by modern world with instrument. But activities with that time are discussed in the Buddhist Philosophy.

The Buddhist Perspectives on Time

It was mentioned in “Abhidharmaye Mulika Karunu Book” of Prof. Most Ven. Rerukane Chandawimala thero that smallest time measure in the universe. It was called “Cittkshana” and it was given example as, One “Cittkshana” time period is mostly closer to 1/1012 time of thunder (1012 Cittakshana time = 1 thundering time). That is the smallest time measurement in universe.

kalpa is an eon and uncountable it. Over the centuries various scholars have attempted to quantify kalpas in various ways. Usually, when a sutra mentions kalpa, it means a really, really, really long spreading period of time.

Kalpa is difficult to measure numerically. It has given examples about time period of Kalpa and one of example is given as follows;

The Buddhist Perspectives on Time Management 01

Imagine that, there is a mountain similar size to HIMALAYA (Everest). A god travels once every hundred years and repeated same through this mountain path. The gods cloth is smooth and it is touch the mountain on the travelling and starting to worn the mountain due to touching. Though the mountain ended by that worn, the Kalpa will not be completed.

It can be seen that time factor of Buddhist Philosophy was discussed deepest in the universe and the modern science couldn’t think to reach that level.

Time Management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

The Buddha is an ideal ensample for leaders who are in the management field. Buddha’s time management is useful for modern aspects of management and for every person in the society to manage their lives.

This article paper reveals those facts with reference to Buddhist Philosophy. The Buddha performed his duties systematically in accordance with a prearranged plan. His whole day was divided into five parts which were namely; the forenoon session, the afternoon session, the first watch, the middle watch and the last watch.

The Buddhist Perspectives on Time Management 01

Source: e-buddhism.com

The Buddha got sleep only one hour at night. For two solid hours at noon and at dawn he pervaded the whole world with thoughts of Metta (loving kindness). The Buddha tirelessly worked in this manner till his eightieth year.

He displayed that time is very important to the success of people and taught us to save time. We can include it to modern management theories. If a person wants to achieve his goals, he must work on time without being sluggish.

Most scholars do not focus attention on Buddhist time management. The main focus of this research is heavily based on selected literary sources that include the Tripitaka: Sanyutthanikāya, Deeghanikāya, Dhammapadapāli etc.

The Buddhist Perspectives of Time Management

There are so many examples that show in the biography as well as Buddhist teaching about time management. When referring the documentary of Buddhist Philosophy, it can be identified with various examples.

The Buddhist Perspectives on Time Management 01
Buddhist Perspective of Time Management

In the study of The Buddhist Perspectives of Time Management, it has considered that “Biography of the Load Buddha with time management”; and “Teaching of the Load Buddha with time management”.  

It was considered that, Time Management can be applied to Increase Effectiveness, Efficiency of Productivity. In here, it was discussed that “How Time Used to Increase Effectiveness, Efficiency of Productivity in Buddhism”, considering above two main streams.

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