Thursday, August 25, 2011

Does Your Work Constitute ‘Right Livelihood?'

Does our work enhance the quality of life in the world, or cause harm? Are we practicing what Buddhists call "right livelihood?" These may seem like impractical questions to pose at a time when so many are desperately seeking any kind of work.

But maybe it’s the best time to engage in self-questioning, before we leap into the next job that may not be in keeping with our own principles or may even be counter-productive to what is good for society at large.

One of the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama–most commonly known as Buddha–is the principle of “right livelihood” offered as guidance for those who seek to earn one’s living in a righteous way....

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