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Posts tagged with "livelihood"

Should You Eat Animals?

Mar. 20 | [W]e are supposed to be the refuge and protector of all infinite beings. The beings with unfortunate karma that we are supposed to be protecting are instead being killed without the slightest compassion, and their boiled flesh and blood are being presented...

Verse On Livelihood

Jun. 20 | 见正命人, 当愿众生, 得清净命, 不矫威仪。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第97偈) Seeing those with right livelihoods,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain pure livelihoods, [and] not pretend to be awe-inspiring.’** –...

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

Feb. 21 | Question: I am working at an accounting firm, which has a wide clientele across many different industries. One of them is food retailing. The firm does audit and advisory services for companies selling meat. I do not know if I am creating any negative...

Karma As ‘The Accountant’ Ultimately

Apr. 19 | Is it a crime to do accounting for criminals? Some would argue that accounting in itself is neutral, regardless of those accounted for. However, if that accounted are known to be ill-gotten gains, helping to keep track of them is surely ill as well....

Am I Creating Positive Or Negative Karma?

Feb. 1 | Question: I am a nutritionist who educates on healthy eating through talks and cooking demonstrations. As the company I work in produces animal-based foods, I am tasked to promote their benefits too. Does my job create positive or negative karma, as...

Should I Work In A Prison?

Nov. 23 | Question: According to Buddhist teachings, is it morally alright to work in a prison? What if one’s work is linked to prisoners facing the death sentence? Answer: It is alright to work in a prison, so long as it is a fair prison, where the incarcerated...

‘No Escape’ From Karmic Retribution?

Nov. 3 | ‘No Escape’ is a thriller that serves as critique on a new form of colonialisation – the corporate kind, that even leads to a kind of slavery. As the character Hammond, who is a frequent visitor to the featured fourth world country...

Should I Support Weapon Creation?

Aug. 30 | Question: I remember you mentioned you were in the navy. Onboard the ships, there are some weapon control systems. If we are at war, would you operate those systems? Even in peace time, should we avoid involvement in the development of these ‘defence’...

Make A Low Career Point A Major Turning Point

Jan. 9 | Question: Recently, I was working at an engineering firm. I resigned after three months as I disliked the job. Wanting to enter public service, I applied and waited for a month, to no avail. I became desperate and applied for other engineering firms,...

Should I Change My Job?

Nov. 21 | Question: Since I got in touch with the Buddha’s teaching, I’ve been questioning the meaningfulness of my career path. While my job could not be categorised under ‘wrong livelihood’, I feel that my job, which is to market luxury...

How Right Is Your Livelihood?

May. 9 | Instead of engaging in a livelihood that links directly or indirectly to harming others, why not engage in a livelihood that links directly or indirectly to helping others? – Stonepeace At the end of one of my Dharma classes, a student asked an...

Is The Gambling Trade Right Livelihood?

Nov. 7 | Question: Will one who works in a casino or the general betting industry create negative karma? Is it Right Livelihood, according to the Noble Eightfold Path? Answer: The more directly involved in the promotion of facilitation of gambling one is, the...
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