DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta wrote:The wise and virtuous shine like a blazing fire.
He who acquires his wealth in harmless ways
like to a bee that honey gathers,
riches mount up for him
like ant hill's rapid growth.
With wealth acquired this way,
a layman fit for household life,
in portions four divides his wealth:
thus will he friendship win.
One portion for his wants he uses,
two portions on his business spends,
the fourth for times of need he keeps.
Mkoll wrote:Relinquishing your license is a better kamma than selling booze. The questions that no one could answer is "how much better?" and "how bad of a kamma is selling booze in your situation?"
You don't necessarily have to allow patrons to bring their own alcohol if you give up your alcohol license. Your restaurant could be "dry". There are plenty of food places that don't sell alcohol. If most of your business is take-out and people who don't buy beer, then you won't lose much business. If most of your business is dinner parties who like to order alcohol, then you'll probably lose some business.
Why not figure out how much money you make from selling alcohol? How much money do you make from dinner or lunch (or breakfast, hehe) parties that purchase alcohol? If you can take the loss without affecting you or your business to harshly, just take the loss. If you can't, well...go from there. First you need some hard numbers.
Cittasanto wrote:Hi Planet 9
I see you have had a good deal of input for you to mull over.
I worked as a waiter in a restaurant, and although you do have other concerns being the licence holder... I tried to operate on a if asked about the alcoholic drinks I would provide information, get what is ordered... but would also recommend a non-alcoholic drink basis. I had done all I could politely do, the responsibility for ordering was theirs.
planet9 wrote:I am not a buddhist, however i have been attracted to the teachings of the buddha, through various ways over the past five years or so perhaps through travelling, reading and an enquiry into all things spiritual, its a path just starting but one that is gaining momentum.
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