Right livelihood - Explainings and Suttas

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Right livelihood - Explainings and Suttas

Postby Hanzze » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:51 am

Right livelihood is the third part of the virtue section of the path of liberation (The Eightfold Path). As virtue needs to be established till the point of right livelihood to develope the path to an extend where one is able to "win the stream" and secure him him from further lower realms, I thought to create this topic as a maybe usefull place to post reverences in regard of Right livelihood.

I come accross this listing and thought of starting her with this:

The Exposition of right Livelihood

There Are Four Kinds of Right Livelihood:

Abstention from:

i. Wrong Livelihood
(duccarita micchājīva virati),
ii. Improper Livelihood
(anesana micchājīva virati),
iii. Dishonest Livelihood
(kuhanādi micchājīva virati),
and
iv. Low Arts
(tiracchānavijjā micchājīva virati).

Abstention from Wrong Livelihood
Duccarita micchājīva
means earning a livelihood by committing any of
the three evil bodily actions (killing, etc.,)
and four evil verbal actions (lying,
etc.) Abstinence from such harmful modes
of earning a livelihood is duccarita
micchājīva virati.

Abstention from Improper Livelihood
Anesana micchājīva
means earning a livelihood by sages and bhikkhus
acquiring requisites by any of twenty‑one improper
means, by giving fruitsand flowers, and so forth.
(See Appendix 2). Abstinence from such acts is
anesana micchājīva virati.

Abstention from Dishonest Livelihood
There are five crooked ways of earning a livelihood:
(i) kuhana
(ii) lapana,
(iii) nimitta,
(iv) nippesana,
(v) lābhena lābha nijigīsana.

i. Kuhana
means trickery and deception. It means fraudulently
obtaininggifts and offerings by making people think
that one possesses extraordinary qualities such as
noble virtue, although one does not possess them.

ii. Lapana
means impudent talk in connection with property and gifts.
Selling weapons, livestock, flesh, intoxicants, and poisons (A.iii.208).

iii. Nimitta
means making gestures and hints to invite offerings.

iv. Nippesana
means harassing with words so that one is obliged to make
offerings.

v. Lābhena lābha nijigīsana
means giving a small gift to get a bigger one.Abstinence from
such wrongful modes of livelihood, is kuhanādi micchājīva
virati.

Abstention from Low Arts

As the worldly arts such as prophesying from the signs of the
parts of the body, palmistry,etc.,
are contrary to the practice of sages and bhikkhu, they
are called low arts. Earning a livelihood by means of such low arts is
tiracchānavijjā micchājīva virati.
Abstinence from such wrongful modes of earning a livelihood is called
tiracchānavijjā micchājīva virati.

from Magganga Dipani by Venerable Ledi Sayādaw
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Right livelihood - Explainings and Suttas

Postby Hanzze » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:16 am

Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_


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