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In my humble opinion, "pursuing gain with gain" refers to any purely speculative business activity that involves creating no added value whatsoever. This is confirmed by Visuddhimagga: Herein, what is pursuing gain with gain (lābhena lābhaṃ nijigīsanatā)? It is when one bent on gain/esteem/renown, one of evil wishes, a prey to wishes carries there ...


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Contrary to the popular belief, Buddhist way of life does not start with the eradication of attachment.Detached nature is a quality of final realization but definitely not the main part of the process. The noble eight fold path starts with right-view(Samma Ditti). If the path is correctly followed, the final destination will be free of suffering which is ...


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Original Pali Buddhism makes a clear distinction between the monks & the lay followers. If you are a lay person, generally you must earn a living or wealth, i.e., 'money'. The Buddha praised laypeople who were skilled at making money in a harmless enough manner, particularly when they were not attached to & shared their wealth (SN 42.12). There,...


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From a more practical position, here are some reflections. I am sure others have their won approaches. First of all, place importance on one's own practice. Kindness can be applied in situations that call for firmness or other actions perceived as unpleasant. Being kind to the person or people one is leading is always possible (even though we all fail at ...


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First of all, the passage you mention (AN 5.177): "Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison. "These are the five types of business that a lay follower should not engage in." http://www....


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I don't think there is a definite answer to this question. Bear in mind that Buddha did not give any commandments in form of 'do' and 'do not'. He rather gave guidelines and various methods that are suited for various types of people. The fact that one style goes against your preferences, does not mean that someone else cannot benefit from that. To practise ...


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The Buddha quote from the sutta says that anyone with some passion, aversion or delusion, reinforces it by watching the actor's performance. The actor too is intoxicated with emotions due to getting into character to play the role. And by acting out the role on stage, the actor has the intention of getting the audience to experience the same emotions. This ...


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Nope: with lots of money (or lots of anything valuable), you can influence/help people and have time to cultivate. Thus, the Buddha would encourage making money--but not at the behest of ignoring the rest of the Eightfold Path! My teacher always said that the people with high cultivation in this day will strangely enough be the ones successful in business ...


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With a simple action we layman do vipassana like this: feeling hunger decided to eat getting up (can be broken up into putting hands on desk, lifting butt, turning body, raising body, letting go of desk, etc.) walking towards fridge ...and so forth A layman computer-user could do the same thing like this: thinking about project realizing idea moving (...


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I think it is best to ask the monastery, instead on Stack Exchange. IMHO, may I comment on a few things: What is one's motivation to become a monastery monk? Monks are messianic individuals who wish to vigorously study Buddha's teachings hoping one day to attain the highest level of wisdom to be able to deliver all beings from suffering. Responsibility ...


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Now, there are two destinations for a person with wrong view, I tell you: either hell or the animal womb. I think the Buddha was referring to People with Wrong View. Which in this particular story happened to be an actor.But could be anybody from different kind of professions. On the other hand when you come to think of it this profession requires someone ...


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"Is it true that..." is a difficult question to answer. If you mean, according to a certain school, then yes, according to the Theravada, it is true, since an arahant is unable to practice non-monastic livelihood. They are said to either leave the household life or pass into parinibbana. See, for example, the enlightenment of Khemā: At the ...


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I think of the Sigalovada Sutta as summary of practical morality for lay people: Consider all the various types of people around you in society (the "six directions") Don't harm people around you, instead protect and make peace with them Don't squander wealth, but spend it and save it for the various purposes for which it should be spent and saved Have good-...


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Picking cherries is not a wrong livelihood as long as you are not the one spraying the pesticides. Spraying pesticides is a wrong livelihood as it harms others (by doing activities which do not fall under right action to earn a living). Generally, distancing yourself from this activity would be fine as long as you can say free from remorse. If you are not ...


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Observing the five precepts, Right Action, Right Speech and Right Livelihood, i.e. virtues (sila), with heedfulness (appamāda), with the right intentions, certainly generates good karma. In addition, accumulation of wealth as a layperson and use of this wealth in a generous, charitable way, is also good karma, generating merit. Observance of the five ...


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Enough, headman, put that aside. Don't ask me that. I think this line is also important, apart from the answer. There's a reason why the Buddha refused to answer even for the second time. Because the answer to this question could potentially turn certain people away from the Dhamma. But Talaputta was wise and matured enough to figure it out. To understand ...


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It depends on what services you are providing to the company. If you are just helping them to balance accounts, it'll be similar to the hunter's wife cooking the meat. But if you are actually involved in poison making or marketing of the product, it won't be a right livelihood. Even as an HR officer, if you are hiring people to make poison or butcher animals,...


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My first thought was that it meant usury, but apparently Buddhagosa defines it as, 'Herein, what is pursuing gain with gain? Seeking, seeking for, seeking out, going in search of, searching for, searching out material goods by means of material goods, such as carrying there goods that have been got from here, or carrying here goods that have been ...


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In my opinion and experience, a job of a manager or executive/director is pretty compatible with Buddhism. If you apply all teachings of Buddha to managing people, you can be both very successful and help people under you grow.


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First of all, the Buddha didn't die from eating pork at least in the Theravada point of view. In fact, his last meal was sukara maddava, translated to English dug by pigs, a mushroom which still grows in India. Also, vegetarianism is not considered morally superior to eating meat in Theravada. The general guideline followed with regards to eating meat by ...


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Yes. Generosity, kind words and helpfulness are all meaningful to the Buddha, however small. From Vaccha Sutta: "I tell you, Vaccha, even if a person throws the rinsings of a bowl or a cup into a village pool or pond, thinking, 'May whatever animals live here feed on this,' that would be a source of merit, to say nothing of what is given to human ...


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I think there are a couple of assumptions implicit in this question that I would like to respectfully challenge as I answer it Buddhists are 'nice' This is a live issue in the sangha where I practice. Buddhists aim to be compassionate and also they try to align themselves with the world as it really is. That's not necessarily the same think as nice. I've ...


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A book by Bhikkhu Basnagoda Rahula, Ph.D entitled The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity At Home, At Work, and in the World devotes a chapter to "The Buddha's View on Decision Making". I have seen no other cause than the presence of false views to block the origination of right thoughts in the mind and to corrupt the right thoughts already present in the ...


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There is this section on being a warrior regarding right livelihood. Right Livelihood : samma ajivo http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca4/samma-ajivo/ Considering becoming a soldier? You may want to reconsider... Then Yodhajiva the headman went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was ...


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An introduction to Right Livelihood on accesstoinsight references very short definitions of right and wrong livelihood for lay followers. And in fact I've never yet found a detailed description of right and wrong livelihood, beyond these quotes. You can also infer some ethical rules from what the Sigalovada Sutta says about Workers; and from RIght Livelihood ...


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Turn everything off that does not need to be on. Stay in the here and now. No past and no future. Your breath can be your guide as you do ONE task at a time. Focus on your breath as you do your activity and only think of the feeling of now. No past and no future. If you wonder off always bring it back to your breath. Make time for breaks when you become ...


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Acting leads towards hell (or lower destinations), it is one of those things perceived to be harmless but actually causes harm. But it's not true that all actors would go to hell just that acting itself leads towards hell. In fact believing "all people who do certain things go to hell" is a wrong view that leads towards hell according to The Buddha: '...


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Potentially, any job that doesn't violate the precepts is Right Livelihood. The actuality of it though is that if you want to practice vipassana, the heart of the Buddhist practices, it is better to do a job that does not have consideration of profit/loss and does not have too much thinking/abstraction involved (slow manual labor is fine for developing ...


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As I understand the Buddhist approach to ethics we are all responsible for our own actions, and the Buddha defined significant actions as "intention" (AN 6.63 cetanāhaṃ bhikkhave kammaṃ vadāmi). It is the impact of our intention that is under our influence (control would be too strong a word). How well we understand something like the food chain will be ...


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