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Is stock trading a wrong livelihood?

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, ...
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Is it okay to seek financial gains as a layman?

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....
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Can Buddhists be good workplace leaders?

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 ...
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Can lay people be involved in the weapons business?

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, ...
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Should Buddhist teachers get rich?

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 ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

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 ...
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Is it okay to seek financial gains as a layman?

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 ...
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Developing mindfulness doing complex activities like learning or programming?

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 ...
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Being a monstery monk while training in career online?

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 ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

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 ...
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Are all non-monastic ways of life wrong livelihood?

"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 ...
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Is it okay to seek financial gains as a layman?

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, ...
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Is it wrong livelihood to pick up cherries?

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 ...
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Does doing an ordinary day-to-day job account for good karma?

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, ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

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 ...
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Kamma and right livelihood in a modern business environment

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 ...
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What is meant by pursuing gain with gain?

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, ...
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A Good Career for a Buddhist?

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 ...
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How is Vegetarianism morally superior to eating meat in a Buddhist context?

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 ...
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are mundane acts of compassion meaningful?

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 ...
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Can Buddhists be good workplace leaders?

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 ...
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How to make a decision based on Buddhist principles?

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 ...
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Can a military career be ethical?

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?...
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Where in the Pali Canon does it give examples of right livelihood and it's opposite

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 ...
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Developing mindfulness doing complex activities like learning or programming?

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 ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

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 ...
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A Good Career for a Buddhist?

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 ...
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Right livelihood - how many cutouts is enough?

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 ...
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