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Meaningful Work and Values (The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work)

Wed, 18 May, 2011 - 01:00
Here's an hour-long talk from Saddharaja given at Uddiyana (the Windhorse:evolution HQ in Cambridge). The talk is the first of six talks on Right Livelihood in the modern world.

Saddharaja starts with a work story from his youth in the English Lake District and moves on to a recap of Sangharakshita's definitions of both Right Livelihood and Team-based Right Livelihood. He explores how most people in the modern world might find meaning in their work, with some help from the writings of Alain De Botton. He explores how Buddhists can make meaningful work a spiritual practice.

He suggests the use of shamatha and vipashyana approaches, and goes on to explore the 5 principles of Windhorse:evolution in that light. The talk finishes with a wonderful poem from Seamus Heaney on the joy of using a simple farm tool. The talk is peppered with Saddharaja's own work experiences, including a dramtic story involving a mine shaft in a Lake District slate quarry.
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