Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Noble Eightfold Path: Proper Livelihood - The Third of the Three Moral Conduct Aspects of the Path

Proper Livelihood means earning one's living in a way that is not harmful to others. In the choice of one's occupation, one should show respect for the life and welfare of All Living Beings.

There are five trades that the Buddha considered unworthy for making one's living. These trades should be avoided because they cause suffering and unhappiness to others and they create disunity in society.

The five trades the Buddha considered unworthy are the manufacture and/or sale of deadly weapons, the breading and raising of animals for slaughter (which includes the killing and butchering of animals), owning or selling human beings as slaves (this includes sexual slaves), the manufacture and/or sale of intoxicants, and the manufacture and/or sale of poisons (this includes insecticides and herbicides).

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