MartinH wrote:Hi, I have a question on right livelihood and would like to hear others thoughts on this. I am currently working as a licensed bartender selling alcohol. I think this is a big no no as far as occupations go in buddhism. I am however leaving this role and going back to my old job role working in a betting shop where you have a mix of recreational gamblers and a few compulsive gamblers. Is this another big problem? I don't gamble my self.
Thanks for your thought
It's certainly better than selling alcohol. So long as you take steps to make sure that those who are compulsive or self-destructive have their desires curbed, then I would say it's permissible but definitely not blameless.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.
Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti SuttaStuff I write about things.