In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana paths and traditions. The paths support each other like a pyramid. Each path forms the base and supports the path of the next. When we look at our finances, we can see how each of the paths work in a similar way in our journey towards wealth and well being.
The Hinayana path primarily relates to the renunciation of samsara and applying compassion and wisdom to alleviate suffering. The Mahayana applies compassion and wisdom to the liberation of all sentient beings. The Vajrayana applies the fruition of enlightenment as the ground and the path.
In terms of our finances, we can go on a similar journey. Along with the Hinayana traditions, we can renounce actions that cause harm. We can look at our spending and ask is this contributing to the well being and benefit of all or causing harm? We can spend less then what we earn and invest the difference in things that make a difference We can be mindful and see how the three poisons of passion ( clinging) , aggression (rejecting) and ignorance play out in our financial lives.
With the Mahayana tradition, we can expand out and ask how can be bring value and be of benefit for all sentient beings. What are the skills, talents, ideas and products that I can bring to the marketplace to serve others? How can I transform the suffering in my life and those around me by compassionate action? Here we can apply the six paramitas of generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom.
With the Vajrayana tradition, we can realize our own intrinsic wealth now.