Right Livelihood

1606467_632035513518501_905346343_oAlong with Right Speech and Right Action, Right Livelihood belongs to the component of Superior Discipline in the Eightfold Noble Path (the other two being Superior Meditation and Superior Wisdom). It entails not only earning a living without compromising the Precepts of Right Speech and Right Action, but also living in such a way that we do not violate them ourselves, or induce others to infringe them on our behalf.

Specifically, Right Livelihood refers to

  1. procuring resources ethically
  2. managing those resources prudently
  3. utilizing them in such a way that reduces or eliminates harm to ourselves and others

Resources should be acquired:

  • only by legal means
  • peacefully, without coercion or violence
  • honestly, not by trickery or deceit
  • avoiding inflicting harm and suffering on others

Five specific occupations which bring harm to others are strictly prohibited:

  1. trading in weapons
  2. trading in human beings (including slavery, indentured service, and prostitution)
  3. trading in non-human animals
  4. trading in poisons
  5. trading in intoxicants

Additionally, espionage and undercover activities; augury, divination, and soothsaying; moneylending and usury; and military service are strongly discouraged.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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  1. Pingback: Buddhism and The Dharma: Right Livelihood | GoodnightNina.

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