Sunday, April 18, 2010

Right livelihood

Question : (Unedited)
what does 'right livelihood' mean? i know it means to work hard, well and humanely, but is there anything else? also, what kind of jobs would buddhists do/not do?

My comment:

There are four types of trade that a Buddhist should avoid.  They are; trading of humans (prostitution and slavery), any trade involving killing, trading in poison (including drugs), and trading in arms.  Anything associated with these four trades should be avoided, for it brings sorrow and harm to others.  On a wider aspect, right livelihhod means conducting oneself in a peaceful and harmless manner so that none is harmed and one will be at peace.

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