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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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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 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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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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Why are children represented as inessential in some Buddhist text?

Such texts should be read in context: written for and by the Sangha - and mostly for and by male-sangha, though you found one quote that sounds like a tired grandmother. Buddhism is really a dual ...
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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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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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Right view of the external modern world

The first thing that the story (i.e. "not got a particular position she rightfully deserved due to a conspiracy") reminded me of was verse 3 of the Dhammapada (i.e. "he robbed me" ...
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Is it ethical to develop software for financial company?

I assume you're looking for an answer based on this definition: 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 okay to seek financial gains as a layman?

Accumulation of wealth is not directly the problem in Buddhism, rather it is the attachment to wealth that creates suffering. Wealth and fame are ephemeral so relying on these for happiness is like ...
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Is stock trading a wrong livelihood?

I have a background in finance and am an active participant in the financial markets. In my opinion, investing/trading/speculating (however you want to call it) any financial instrument can have a ...
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Right view of the external modern world

The way Buddha explained these things, was not as much about justice/injustice as with references to how the world/society works. For example he would say, if someone were to rob people, he will ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

Buddha is aware person. He is careful about his actions and it's effects on others. Buddha understands that existence treats you according to what you are. You become what you do. Whether it is subtle ...
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Is divination for fun acceptable?

My understanding is that anyone seeking Nibbana should be refrain from animal arts. it may be a monk or a lay person.
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Is divination for fun acceptable?

I can't really speak about the dogamatic reasons for not, but if you are seeking to become enlightened, I suggest you abstain from activities like that until after you awaken. This is simply because ...
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Judges passing the death sentence

Yes, and it's good to compare it to that quoted story, as many think that for a "higher, nobler" aim, doing wrong is ok. Or out of duties, like moderators and "responsible" often think. Not only ...
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The "cow-keeper"-story?

The following is somewhat like the posted question, but not exactly: SN35.241:7.4: Sir, may I receive the going forth, the ordination in the Buddha’s presence?” SN35.241:7.5: “Well then, Nanda, ...
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Caught in a bind; what to do?

What do I do with my life upon the realization of no self? Who is asking this? :) Who is "I" and what is "my" in that sentence? :) What do I do with my life upon the realization of no self? Why ...
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Is Being a Bartender Considered Right Livelihood

Vaṇijjā sutta discusses Right Livelihood in for levity which include: business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison. If you sell ...
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Why are children represented as inessential in some Buddhist text?

You're asking whether "children" are unnecessary. And I'm still not sure what that means. There are children in the world regardless of whether you're a parent yourself, so it's not as if children ...
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Is owning a restaurant considered wrong livelihood?

It's not wrong livelihood unless you ask the butcher to kill for you.
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