Category: Right Livelihood

The First Buddhist Teaching: The Four Noble Truths

  By Daniel Scharpenburg The Four Noble Truths are the beginning of Buddhism. They are the first thing the Buddha taught, and sometimes we have to go back to these fundamental teachings over and over. I’m going to go through them one by one here. The Truth of Suffering As long as we’re living in delusion, our lives are full of suffering. If we examine our suffering deeply, we can see that in usually comes in three forms. The are usually called: Pain, Change, and Being. Pain: Pain is an inevitable part of life—not just physical pain, but emotional pain...

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Choosing to Leave the Rat Race

  By Justin Haley Phillips I get paid tomorrow—it’s not much. My honey and I were on a road trip for the first half of my biweekly pay period, so it was kind of worth missing work. Okay, it was absolutely worth missing work. It was one of the best trips of my life, and that speaks volumes because I’ve had some pretty good ones. But part of me is still anxious and upset. Part of me wishes that we’d come home sooner, or that I’d picked up an extra shift. That part of me looks at the six...

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The Reason You Can’t Get Control Over Your Life & What to Do About It

  By Leo Babauta Almost our entire lives are spent in a quest to gain control, security and comfort in our lives. Unfortunately, we never really get it, so we keep trying, relentlessly. This is the main activity of our lives. What would happen if we stopped? We could be less restricted by fear, less anxious, less driven by the need for comfort … and more in love with life as it is. You might be surprised by how much we strive for control. The Ways We Try to Get Control The basic nature of life is that it is everchanging, uncontrollable....

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I’m Losing My Namaste So Maybe It’s Time to Kill the Buddha

  By Dana Gornall   Scaling the pale, gold-flecked linoleum covered steps to my basement, I walk partially on tiptoe. The floor is cold against my bare feet, and I tend to walk on tiptoe anyway—a habit I’ve retained from my ballet days, eons ago. I’m rushing, as I tend to often do on weekday mornings, and my clothes are in the dryer. I flip on the light switch, hoping to avoid a cobweb or whatever creepy crawly that may be lurking in the dark, damp basement. Pulling open the dryer door I fish through the clothes and pull...

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The Secret to Understanding Buddhist Ethics

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling A job coach I once worked with during my deadbeat dad days describe the elevator speech as the pitch you can deliver about what you have to offer, be it a product, an idea, or yourself as a prospective employee, to a stranger on an elevator ride. I hate elevator speeches. What is an elevator speech? “You’re a writer? What do you write about?” “Um, I write about Buddhism for semi-literate testicular-types.” But the Buddha had an elevator speech. Asked to summarize his teachings, his response was, “to avoid evil, to do good, and...

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