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Question: A relative recently got a job offer after months of unemployment. However, the company deals with supply of slaughtered animals. Is this alright?

Answer: It is not alright, as it is not ethical. The Buddha taught to avoid livelihoods that profit from the suffering of sentient beings. No one should make a living by the killing of many others.

Question: As work is needed for survival, what can be done?

Answer: There must be more good done to create good (positive) karma, to deserve and land an ethical job. Settling for an unethical job is short-sighted as it will only create more bad (negative) karma, to cause much more suffering later, beyond loss of job.

A relatively easy way to purify bad karma is to have Nianfo practice (of sincere and diligent mindfulness of the name of Amitabha Buddha – ‘Amituofo’), with a deep sense of repentance as the motivation. Of course, there should be more good done in other aspects of life too.

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