rowyourboat wrote:unless you are hoping to be a monk, then better think of livelihood as well - you cannot meditate when you are hungry
Ashitaka21 wrote:I do not understand. If I have dreams, I should just let go of them? That would be sad - my talents would be wasted. Why am I vested with such talents then? I want to be compassionate to others and practice loving kindness, but why can't this coexist with my ambition? It's almost as if meditation "brainwashes" you to become happy because you throw your talents away. What does that accomplish? Yes, you will be happy and nice to others, but you would never challenge yourself. I have much to learn, I know. I just don't understand why I can't utilize my talents?
It's almost as if meditation "brainwashes" you to become happy because you throw your talents away. What does that accomplish?
Hi, I’ve been trying to figure out the same thing lately, suffice to say, it’s not easy being a buddhist in entertainment industry. So far, the most important thing seems to be to figure out what is ambition - what mental factors are involved, how does it arise and what drives it – what kind of intention is behind it. In general terms – every action (mental, bodily or verbal) can be driven by intention that’s either unwholesome (rooted in greed, aversion and delusion), or wholesome (rooted in non-greed (generosity), non-aversion (kindness) and non-delusion (wisdom)).
In practical terms, this goes down to being aware of the intention in the present moment. Regardless of what’s the outward action at present – turning the camera on, rewriting a sentence in the script, preparing lunch for the crew, etc – the question is whether that current action is performed on the back of unwholesome or wholesome intention. That is, each action can be performed in either of these two ways - if based on an unwholesome intention at the moment, then I’m using my talents at that moment to my own detriment as well as to detriment of others. If however that same action is based on a wholesome intention, then at that moment I’m using my talents for benefit of others and myself.
So, it’s not that complicated after all, but it takes time and practice to be able to figure out whether the intention at present is actually wholesome or not (and in most cases it turns out to be unwholesome). Besides, in a single day, there will be countless moments and actions, and intentions behind them will keep changing from unwholesome, to wholesome, back to unwholesome, etc. So, that’s probably why mindfulness and watchfulness are advised so often.
Anyway, in the end, the question whether becoming a great filmmaker (or some other occupation) is right or wrong seems a bit pointless because being a filmmaker in practice consists of many small actions performed every day – and each of these has an intention behind it, and it’s the intention that will bring good or bad results in the end.
Ashitaka,AN 8.54 Thus have I heard. Once the Exalted One was dwelling amongst the Koliyans, in their market town named Kakkarapatta. Then Dighajanu, a Koliyan, approached the Exalted One, respectfully saluted Him and sat on one side. Thus seated, he addressed the Exalted One as follows:
"We, Lord, are laymen who enjoy worldly pleasure. We lead a life encumbered by wife and children. We use sandalwood of Kasi. We deck ourselves with garlands, perfume and unguents. We use gold and silver. To those like us, O Lord, let the Exalted One preach the Dhamma, teach those things that lead to weal and happiness in this life and to weal and happiness in future life."
Conditions of Worldly Progress
"Four conditions, Vyagghapajja, conduce to a householder's weal and happiness in this very life. Which four?
"The accomplishment of persistent effort (utthana-sampada), the accomplishment of watchfulness (arakkha-sampada), good friendship (kalyanamittata) and balanced livelihood (sama-jivikata).
"What is the accomplishment of persistent effort?
"Herein, Vyagghapajja, by whatsoever activity a householder earns his living, whether by farming, by trading, by rearing cattle, by archery, by service under the king, or by any other kind of craft — at that he becomes skillful and is not lazy. He is endowed with the power of discernment as to the proper ways and means; he is able to carry out and allocate (duties). This is called the accomplishment of persistent effort.
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