Right Livelihood (sammā-ājīva)
Parent topic: Eightfold Path
37 excerpts, 1:59:13 total duration

Events (1) All excerpts (37) Questions about (24) Answers involving (4) Stories (8) Quotes (3) Readings (4) Texts (1)

Right Livelihood, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Apr. 21, 2013

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2. “Lottery numbers?...Is the problem that the monks have the right numbers so everyone flocks to them?” [Monastic life] [Psychic powers] [Right Livelihood]


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3. “Could you talk more about the particular professions that the Buddha laid out as wrong livelihood (AN 5.177)? Why is being in the military not on the list?” [Work] [Military] [Right Livelihood] // [Unskillful qualities] [Kamma] [Killing] [Intoxicants] [Rebirth]

Sutta: AN 5.177: Trades [Right Livelihood]

Story: The widow of a wealthy man divests from Singha Beer. [Right Livelihood] [Commerce/economics]


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4. “Is growing grapes right livelihood?” [Intoxicants] [Commerce/economics] [Right Livelihood]

Story: The son of a winemaking family lives on the land but doesn't participate in wine production. [Right Livelihood] [Family]


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5. “Can you speak about the people who sell these things [intoxicants] versus those who make them?” [Intoxicants] [Commerce/economics] [Right Livelihood] // [Kamma] [Volition]

Story: A clerk at an organic food store asks about selling wine. Told by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Right Livelihood]


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6. “If the person selling the product enjoys selling it and the person buying it enjoys the product, what is the unpleasant consequence?” [Commerce/economics] [Sensual desire] [Kamma] [Right Livelihood] // [Unskillful qualities] [Intoxicants] [Crime] [Heedlessness]


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7. “What about people whose livelihood falls into one of these categories [AN 5.177] but they are convinced that it's good for the world or that it had to be done?” [Volition] [Right Livelihood] // [Delusion]


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8. Comment about the nuances involved in the activities comprising wrong livelihood. [Intoxicants] [Right Livelihood]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Unskillful qualities] [Community]


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9. “Is caffeine an intoxicant?” [Intoxicants] [Right Livelihood] // [Medicinal requisites]


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10. Comments about meat eating. [Food] [Killing] [Craving] [Vegetarianism] [Right Livelihood]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Volition] [Human]


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12. “The Buddha taught the five forms of wrong livelihood [AN 5.177]. This is from the producer side. Is there a similar teaching from the consumer side?” [Commerce/economics] [Right Livelihood] // [Idealism] [Politics and society] [Buddha/Biography] [Skillful qualities]


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13. “What is the view on medical or pharmaceutical professions?” [Health care] [Medicinal requisites] [Right Livelihood]


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14. “What about things that have an ostensibly benign purpose, such as pesticides and fertilizers used for raising food, but then in fact have quite harmful effects?” [Food] [Environment] [Right Livelihood] // [Commerce/economics] [Politics and society]


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15. “Is there any instruction from the Buddha about how to deal with profit-motivated pharmaceutical research decisions?” [Buddha] [Health care] [Commerce/economics] [Right Livelihood]


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16. “Some people want to help but find themselves in situations in which profit dictates the priorities. How can they protect their integrity in such situations?” [Compassion] [Health care] [Commerce/economics] [Right Intention] [Right Livelihood] // [Learning] [Idealism] [Requisites] [Happiness]

Story: Ajahn Karuniko studies engineering, then quits a job in the arms industry to become a monk. [Right Livelihood] [Military] [Monastic life/Motivation]


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17. Comment by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo: It's not easy giving up the things we're used to in order to follow the path. [Renunciation] [Eightfold Path] [Clinging] [Happiness] [Right Livelihood]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Suffering] [Commerce/economics]


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18. “When quitting a job, should you consider the welfare of the next person who will fill it?” [Right Livelihood]


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19. Comment by Ajahn Yatiko: Right Livelihood isn't about judging other people's livelihood. [Judgementalism] [Right Livelihood]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Eightfold Path] [Pāli] [Cessation of Suffering] [Happiness]


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20. Comments about Temple Grandon designing low-anxiety slaughterhouses. [Killing] [Food] [Right Livelihood]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.


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22. Comments about thinking versus feeling out the quality of the heart in decision making. [Directed thought and evaluation] [Mindfulness of mind] [Discernment] [Clear comprehension] [Right Livelihood]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.


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25. “There are many people without access to resources for education or training without many choices. How does this all fit together?” [Poverty] [Learning] [Politics and society] [Right Livelihood] // [Buddha] [Idealism]

Sutta: DN 27: Agañña Sutta


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26. “In DN 31.26, what is investment versus savings?” [Commerce/economics] [Right Livelihood]

Comments by various participants about the nature of investment. [Unskillful qualities] [Greed] [Work]

Sutta: DN 31.32: Siṅgālasutta Sutta–Five duties of an employer to employees


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28. “Do you know the qualities the employee is supposed to give the employer?” [Work] [Right Livelihood]

Sutta: DN 31.32: Siṅgālasutta Sutta


Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 30, 2013

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19. “Does the 5th precept include coffee or prescription drugs as drugs to avoid? Does the precept mean never drink alcohol or don't abuse alcohol for a lay person?...Does Right Livelihood mean one cannot work in a place that serves and/or sells alcohol, coffees, or drugs? Or, does it mean don't work where alcohol and drugs are made?” [Intoxicants] [Medicinal requisites] [Right Livelihood]


The Path of Practice, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 16, 2019

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5. “Years ago I considered the Buddha someone wbo practiced harm reduction. But having worked in the field, I've started to have a lot of conflict around when people request paraphanelia to help them use [drugs]. The idea is to keep them alive, but now it's become very complicated because people are still dying. Is this a violation of right livelihood? Could you speak about wisdom and compassion?” [Intoxicants] [Health care] [Death] [Right Livelihood] [Discernment] [Compassion] [Gratitude] // [Right Intention] [Crime] [Politics and society]

Quote: “As a person who is trying to help, you have to learn harm reduction to yourself.” [Depression]