Is work just a necessity or a source of fulfillment? Is a career a hindrance or a support to our happiness and unfoldment as individuals? Should we be aiming at getting the ‘right work/life balance’ or moving beyond such distinctions? Keturaja explores Buddhist teachings on right livelihood and reflects on their relevance for us today. This talk was given at Cambridge Buddhist Center, 2018.
Sraddhagita shares her experience as part of Lama’s Pyjamas, a Team Based Right Livelihood that’s part of the London Buddhist Centre. This talk is full of passion and insight into a practice Sraddhagita has been involved in for over 16 years.
Buddhism stands for the creation of an ideal society as well as ideal individuals; a society based on spiritual and ethical principles. Sangharakshita considers the substantial effect our work has on us, and applies the Buddha’s teaching to work today.
Is work just a necessity or a source of fulfillment? Is a career a hindrance or a support to our happiness and unfoldment as individuals? Should we be aiming at getting the ‘right work/life balance’ or moving beyond such distinctions? Keturaja, calling on decades of experience working in Buddhist businesses, explores Buddhist teachings on right livelihood and reflects on their relevance for us today.
What does Buddhism have to say about death and dying? How can this be applied to life? Prasannavira shares how he has been influenced by the Root Verses of the Six Bardos from the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Talk given at Windhorse:Evolution, once a large Buddhist team-based ‘right livelihood’ business based in the UK, 2013.
Suddhaka highlights how the thing we spend the most time doing in our lives, our livelihood, impacts our mental states and is therefore an integral part of the path. How can we make our work an expression of our practice? How can our livelihood be the doorway to true happiness?
Parami offers an enthusiastic exploration of the earthy and ethereal details of everyday spiritual practice, especially within the framework of a sense of the ‘collective’. Some great and pretty funny stories from early, would-be-revolutionary experiments with co-operative working (“The opiate of the masses has arrived!”), and some wise words from her subsequent experience of trying to square the circle of dealing with one’s own individuality within a working sangha.
This FBADharmabyte podcast today is called ‘A Network of Relationships’ by Abhayanandi.
The Buddha famously said that fellowship is the whole of the spiritual life. Is that really true?! Abhayanandi has been following this teaching notably by living in a residential Buddhist community and working in a team-based right-livelihood business. Hear her inspirational and hard-won reflections on Living Sangha.
And the second talk - after a short introduction by Lokabandhu, Claudine Edwards introduces Lamas Pyjamas as a Right Livelihood business, as part of the Triratna Buddhist Community’s New Ventures weekend in Birmingham, Nov 2012. Find out more at www.lamaspyjamas.com.