What is this critical Right Livelihood?
The Noble Eightfold Way,
leading to Nibbāna, is simply this:
Right Action, Right Livelihood,
and Right Concentration.
what is Right Livelihood?
5-fold Definition of Right Livelihood:
1: Earning a living not
involving any trading with Living Beings.
2: Earning a living not
involving any selling of Meat,
Fish, or Flesh.
3: Earning a living
not involving any selling of any form of Weapons.
4: Earning a living
not involving any dealing with Alcohol, or illegal Drugs.
5: Earning a living
not involving any selling of any form of Poison.
That is Right Livelihood!
The Characterization of Right Livelihood
for lay people:
Any livelihood that neither involves any killing, injuring, harming,
nor any forced
imprisoning of any living being, nor stealing, taking what is not given,
any bribery, or corruption, or lying, or false deceiving, tricks, or
use of false
measures and weights, neither sensual, nor any sexual abuse,
neither the use
or selling of alcohol, or of intoxicating illegal drugs, that causes
neither by oneself, nor by getting, or inciting other employed beings to do so,
such is Right Livelihood!
The Explanation of Right Livelihood for Buddhist Monks
Further study of Buddhist Right
Neither living, nor receiving food by astrology, soothsaying, prediction of
events, nor by palmistry, geomancy, dream-reading, charms and spells,
divination, nor by any rituals, running errands or messages, political
marriages, funerals or divorces, medical praxis, or by producing art,
by professional disputation, or debate, this is Right Livelihood!
Knowing right and wrong Livelihood as right and wrong Livelihood, is Right View.
Awareness of presence of right and wrong Livelihood, is Right Awareness.
Exchanging wrong Livelihood with right Livelihood, is Right Effort...