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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...