Questions tagged [right-livelihood]

Element of the eightfold path relating to ethical conduct with the context of one's occupation or livelihood.

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Judges passing the death sentence

The Yodhajiva Sutta tells the story of a warrior who thought that brave warriors who fought valiantly and died heroically on the battlefield, would go to warrior heavan. The Buddha disappointed him by ...
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Is divination for fun acceptable?

I recently read an answer on here referencing a sutra that states "animal arts" such as performing any form of divination constitutes wrong livelihood which should be abstained from. What I'm ...
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Is stock trading a wrong livelihood?

Does stock trading count as pursuing gain with gain mentioned as wrong view in MN117? Sure active stock trading is very destructive, especially nowadays it's like trading the weather, but does it ...
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Is working in government insurance company right livelihood?

I am currently jobless. I saw the advertisement of recruitment of government insurance company. So I thought to ask before applying. I am very confused. I don't want to do any wrong livelihood jobs.
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are mundane acts of compassion meaningful?

Did the Buddha say anything of the value of mundane acts of generosity which may temporarily alleviate the suffering of others in a temporary, worldly way, but do not free others from from suffering? ...
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Is owning a restaurant considered wrong livelihood?

The Vaṇijjāsutta: Pañcimā, bhikkhave, vaṇijjā upāsakena akaraṇīyā. Katamā pañca? Satthavaṇijjā, sattavaṇijjā, maṃsavaṇijjā, majjavaṇijjā, visavaṇijjā — imā kho, bhikkhave, pañca vaṇijjā upāsakena ...
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Jobs indirectly related to the meat business

According to the Vanijja Sutta on Right Livelihood: "Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in ...
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Is it ethical to develop software for financial company?

I'm wondering whether it is ethical to work as software engineer for financial company that develops software for exchanges and banks. When we consider exchange, different things are traded there, i.e....
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Why are children represented as inessential in some Buddhist text?

There are multiple question related to this already asked, but none of the response or question address as to why children are presented in Buddhist text as inessential, such as these: … That is ...
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How is Vegetarianism morally superior to eating meat in a Buddhist context?

Fact: Buddha ate meat. He died from food poisoning eating pork. Are not thousands if not millions of living being slaughtered when you harvest vegetables (worms, insects, micro-organisms etc.)? So how ...
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Blind police justice and right livelihood

The police seem necessary for any defiled society; but that doesn't mean being a police officer, who must follow laws objectively but also blindly, is necessarily right livelihood. They are ...
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Right livelihood with modern (potentially dangerous) products

Besides right livelihood described by Buddha, we also have to avoid action that is harmful. Some people claim that the long-term side effects associated with various modern products are unknown, or ...
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Is it okay to seek financial gains as a layman?

I work in a highly competitive market, and often people around me only talk about money or finances or the global economy day in and day out. A few of my friends/interns were attracted to Buddhism ...
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Is Being a Bartender Considered Right Livelihood

Selling animal for its meat is considered a wrong livelihood. Made intoxicants and sell them is also a wrong livelihood. If people are working on a non-vegetarian food counter, I believe that is not ...
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Right view of the external modern world

Did Gautama Buddha make any statements about the justices or injustices of the world? I would like to elucidate the right view to a person who has undergone a certain injustice. The person in ...
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Advice for a young person living in a western city

I've read here about sensual pleasure and music and I agree with what I've read: that boredom breeds states of unwholesome pleasure and that when we give up our thoughts to entertainment we do just ...
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Right livelihood - how many cutouts is enough?

Slaughtering an animal for meat or a person for wealth is not right livelihood, nor is it right to pay someone else to do so. So far, so good. Modern corporations allow individuals to amass more ...
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Is shellfish aquaculture considered a wrong livelihood?

I am currently employed on an aquaculture farm that specializes in clams and oysters. According to our modern system of taxonomy, both of these organisms are considered animals. I also know that a ...
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A Good Career for a Buddhist?

I am a business woman and my job is stressful. It is entirely motivated by greed. I want to leave my career but I have a dream to help poor people in my country and also to make my parents proud of me....
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Caught in a bind; what to do?

I would imagine the following may be a bit odd to be asking here outright and dare I say it, a little egoic to do so, but I was referred to this place to ask questions, and I have some questions. But ...
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Would making a video game be considered “business in intoxicants” or “business in poisons”?

Right Livelihood, as stated in the :Vanijja Sutta "Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, ...
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Is working for a big corporation invariably wrong livelihood?

That can be a very complicated point. Almost every work for a big corporation could be (potentially) seen as wrong livelihood! Hard to find a big corporation that works with good products, ethical ...
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Are all non-monastic ways of life wrong livelihood?

Leading on from this answer - is it true that ultimately most or even all non-monastic lifestyles are wrong livelihood. Not being a monk I find this point of view quite challenging but just because I ...
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Does breeding dogs fall under right livelihood?

Does breeding and selling dogs fit into right livelihood provided that you make a concerted effort to make sure the animals find homes with responsible owners? Edit: Thanks for the answers so far. I ...
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What is meant by pursuing gain with gain?

Leading on from this answer - in the Maha-cattarisaka Sutta it identifies wrong action in one's livelihood as Scheming Persuading Hinting Belittling Pursuing gain with gain What is meant by ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

In the Talaputta Sutra the Buddha says that actors will either be reborn as an animal or go to hell When an actor on the stage, [he thinks that] after death, he is reborn in the company of the ...
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Where in the Pali Canon does it give examples of right livelihood and it's opposite

A while ago I remember reading part of the Pail Canon where it gave a comprehensive list of professions the Buddha considers not right livelihood. It has things like fortune tellers in the list. I ...
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Information Technology Careers and Right Livelihood Dharma

As a Buddhist looking for perfecting his Right Livelihood: finding a Livelihood which is so perfect and Right that it not only avoids bad-karma-making (killing, stealing, intoxication, etc.) but even ...
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Developing mindfulness doing complex activities like learning or programming?

It is easy enough to see the power of developing mindfulness through walking meditation, eating meditation, and any repeated task including cooking. How does one develop mindfulness capacities when ...
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Being a monstery monk while training in career online?

Is it OK to be a monastery monk (eating community gruel, etc.) but using your laptop to study for your career during half the day (instead of meditation with all of it)? Would the administrator be OK ...
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Full view on right livelihood [closed]

I have seen some questions on what the scope of right/wrong livelihood is, however most of the questions I have seen only touch on a specific point, so I would like to consolidate these questions and ...
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Can Buddhists be good workplace leaders?

Many people that start to meditate and follow the Dhamma become more tolerant, less attached to reputation, more "easy going" and treat all with loving kindness, this can create an opportunity for ...
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Kamma and right livelihood in a modern business environment

It is easier to define "right livelihood" in the time of the Buddha when compared to our modern society. I would like to know if this situation can be considered wrong livelihood and if it creates bad ...
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How to make a decision based on Buddhist principles?

I have been practicing Buddhism since a child, about twenty years. Throughout my adult life I have been trying to combine my practical life with my Buddhist beliefs. In some situations, however, I ...
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Can a military career be ethical?

There are military generals as lay people and stream enterers in the suttas. And there is no clear prohibition to a military career. There are some suttas that criticize the karma of soldiers on the ...
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Can lay people be involved in the weapons business?

There is a short sentence in the suttas where the Buddha said lay people should not involve themselves in the weapons business, but it seems this is not as serious as the five precepts. The question ...
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Should Buddhist teachers get rich?

In recent years in "Western" culture, teachings derived from Buddhist practices have been increasingly common. These teachings are often of a secular nature and are about compassion, meditation and ...