Category: Right Livelihood

Loving the Temporary: Nothing is Permanent

  By Nina Rubin In November, I got a temporary job in San Diego. Let’s backtrack even further for context. About five years ago, I wrote a living vision and claimed that I’d like to live in the fine city of San Diego. I didn’t make that happen and, instead, moved multiple times to the edges of Los Angeles County. I did everything I could to be near LA without being in it anymore. So after my two most recent moves, I decided it was time to put feelers out and see if I could make a temporary home...

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Right Livelihood: What to Do if Your Job is Too Un-Dude {The Eightfold Path}

  By Lee Glazier So, I know what you, wait, how do I say this? I know what you think I’m going to say? That doesn’t sound right, does it? I’ll just leave it. You think I’m gonna say: Right Livelihood is No Livelihood, right? Ha-ha! You’re a funny dude, Dude. But, no, that’s not what I was gonna say. I was gonna say that Right Livelihood is, well, no, you, you were right: Right Livelihood is No Livelihood. I mean, where the hell can we find Right Livelihood anywhere at this point, ya know? Every job that’s available...

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Take this Job & Shove It: Working for the Weekend Part 2 {The Eightfold Path}

  By Jeff Eisenberg I’ve always seemed to know what my passions are and have understood how to integrate them into my life. I have always known that even when I love to do something, it wasn’t healthy if I did it too much, and applied this specifically to my work life. I have always chosen to make a living doing a few things that I was passionate about part-time, rather than being stuck in one thing full-time, and that no matter how passionate I felt, I would eventually burn out, as it too would become just a job....

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Working for the Weekend: Part 1 {The Eightfold Path}

By Jeff Eisenberg When people say that they are “working for the weekend” it’s usually in the context of having disdain for how they make a living. Many people are just suffering through it for the money, so they can afford to do what they like when they’re not working. (I often joke how I work to support my jiu jitsu habit) And while there are definitely certain occupations that a Buddhist shouldn’t do, there seems to be this very narrow vision on just what they can do. The Buddhist teachings talk about having a right livelihood, and other...

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Right Livelihood: The Work We Do Matters

  By Peter Schaller My grandfather was a carpenter all his life. I don’t know if he ever told me how he learned the trade, but I do know that he built many houses in Connecticut, during a large portion of the twentieth century. He was born in 1900 and I suspect that he probably built most of the homes from the 30s to the 60s. I have always imagined him sitting with perspective clients, young couples pursuing the American Dream before it was kidnapped and held for ransom. They would have bright eyes and comfortable dreams, as my...

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