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Right Livelihood Dharma Talk

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Video of the Right Livelihood Dharma Talk
RIGHT LIVELIHOOD (samyak-ajiva)
This is an introductory talk on Right Livelihood from the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. For a full explanation of the path be sure to checkout: https://zenawakened.com/eightfold-path/
I think it’s very significant that the Buddhas first two disciples were everyday working people.
So often we may think that Buddhism or the pursuit of a spiritual ideal is only for monks, nuns or priests.
But we can see through the example of Tapussa and Bhallika that this notion is far from the truth.
Transformation and the pursuit of this ideal can be taken up by people from all walks of life.
If we are to truly transform our lives we have to look at making changes to every aspect of it and that includes our work lives.
Everyone has to work. This is a plain and simple truth. It’s the way things are. Our journey of transformation must come into our work lives as well.
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(Dana) Giving: The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s capacity for self-transcendence. In the teaching of the Buddha, too, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development.
 
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By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of Awakened.ca based out of Toronto, Canada.