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Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist.. - Dhamma Wheel

Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Postby Nori » Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:11 pm

I thought maybe I can get some ideas from others on the forum; and maybe it can be a helpful post to others also..

What do you think would be a suitable livelihood for a Buddhist?

I understand the general guideline of a right livelihood that is not harmful to oneself or others.

Maybe, some can share experiences of occupations they had (or heard about from friends) where they truly (or somewhat) felt happy and fulfilled.
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Re: Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Postby Nori » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:11 am

So does this mean nobody is happy with their job?

:thinking:

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Re: Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:45 am

Greetings Nori,

I'm happy with my job. I review I.T. projects, to make sure they're following the appropriate methodologies, and are on track to maximise the likelihood of successful delivery. I prefer reviewing and providing independent assurance than having to bullock through as a project manager. PMs have to make people do things, and deal with messy issues, tight budgets and tight deadlines.

I'm sure there's countless jobs that qualify as Right Livelihood, but being Right Livelihood alone doesn't mean that you'll enjoy them or find them rewarding. Mechanisms like the Birkman Method ( http://www.birkman.com/birkmanMethod/wh ... Method.php ) can be helpful in finding employment that suits your skills, personal needs and disposition. Much of it is about knowing yourself.

Metta,
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Re: Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Postby Jhana4 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:52 am

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In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:07 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:03 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Any Ideas? - suitable Livelihood for a Buddhist..

Postby PeterB » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:17 am

Could someone explain to me how one " endangers" one kamma ?


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