Open Access Opinion Article

Open Access Opinion Article

Trickster-Like Teachings in Tibetan Buddhism: Shortcuts towards Destroying Illusions

Z. G. Ma

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 1-9
DOI: 10.9734/ARJASS/2018/38108

Trickster-like Dharma teachings in Tibetan Buddhism behave as a kind of shortcuts in the approach to leading people along the path of enlightenment. This essay collects three such teachings of different levels towards destroying illusions, i.e., Buddha’s silence, Guru’s paradox, and Ego’s kleshas. They are necessary as “an ace up the sleeve” for Buddha to destruct disciples’ metaphysical quagmire, for Guru to lead community toward perfect transcendence, and for individuals to attain self-consciousness.

 

Open Access Original Research Article

Hegel's Eurocentric Triads of Dialectics and Its Transformation to Kelly's Planetary Paradigm

Z. G. Ma

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 1-12
DOI: 10.9734/ARJASS/2018/38314

This article introduces Hegel's Eurocentric philosophy of dialectics in the 19th century and its transformation to Kelly’s planetary paradigm at the turn of the 20th-21st century. The new theory develops Hegel’s thesis—antitheses—synthesis to identity—difference—new-identity which is applicable for the entire human history, including the planetary era. The new triad generalizes Hegel’s mechanic view of nature by suggesting a dominant worldview which is featured by a series of tightening and converging dynamic fractal cycles.

 

Open Access Original Research Article

Direct and Associated Factors Influencing the Growth in Supermarket Activity in Bangladesh

Md. Shaikh Farid, Mohammad Jahangir Alam, Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Swarup Barua, Bishwajit Sarker

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 1-12
DOI: 10.9734/ARJASS/2018/38593

As retail chain store business is gaining popularity very quickly, people engaged in this sector should pay special attention to the growth of this sector. The present study elucidates the direct and associated factors influencing the growth of supermarket activity in Sylhet district in Bangladesh. Both secondary and primary data were used. Secondary data were collected from published books, various published articles, websites of different superstores etc. Primary data were collected from 100 consumers during the months of September to October, 2016. The study found that several macro and micro economic factors (i.e., age, education and income) have close relation with the growth of supermarket. The macro-economic factors are GDP growth rate, increasing trend of women participation in workforce, FDI and urbanization. The implications and conclusions are discussed. 

Open Access Original Research Article

How Does Public Debt Affect Economic Growth? Further Evidence from CEMAC Zone

Henri Njangang Ndieupa

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 1-8
DOI: 10.9734/ARJASS/2018/39080

The objective of this paper is to investigate the empirical effect of public debt on economic growth, using a sample of six Central African Economic and Monetary Community countries over the years from 2000 to 2016. The Hausman's test suggests that the fixed-effects model is preferable. However, in this research both fixed and random effects models are used. The empirical results show that public debt has an adverse and statistically significant effect on economic growth.