The Eightfold Path: Right Livelihood (2)

Looking at our working lives As most of us do not work in the aforementioned unethical trades, the question of right livelihood will primarily concern the way we work. It can be useful to start by looking at whether our relationship to our job, workplace and colleagues contributes to the creation or maintenance of forms … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right Livelihood (2)

The Eightfold Path: Right Action (2)

Part two continues by exploring the themes of theft, sexual misconduct, and cruelty as the basic elements of unethical behaviour. In exploring these three areas of unethical behaviour we might reach the conclusion that actively practising their opposites could be a good idea. Instead of killing, that is taking life, we might see that preserving … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right Action (2)

Eightfold Path – Right Speech (1)

‘Buddhist ethics are based on the notion of harmony’   Introduction; intent and view Falsification and fabrication lie at the heart of wrong speech. Together with destructiveness and cruelty they make up the dark edges that mark unmindful and unhelpful speech. Truth and authenticity instead are integral features of Right Speech along with modes of … Continue reading Eightfold Path – Right Speech (1)