Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Five)March 15, 2021 | 11 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 17:58
Dear Open Heart Project,
I’m so happy to send you the fifth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech and Right Action. Today we look at Right Livelihood.
What does it mean to do your work in the world in accord with your personal dharma? Please have a look at this week’s video to learn more. And no worries if you are jumping in right now. Though you’re welcome to watch the earlier videos in the series, it is not necessary.
Traditionally, Right Livelihood is often about what you don’t do for a living: don’t kill beings, craft weaponry, enslave others. All of which makes complete sense—but what comes after this? How can we ensure that our work in the world is more than non-harming (which is essential, of course) but also creates more sanity, connection, and parity? How can our work be part of our spiritual journey rather than a distraction from it?
Somehow, the answers begin with our willingness to care about our experience, our relationships with those we work with, and the details of the work itself. Please have a listen to learn more and, as always, I love to hear what you think. What are your thoughts on Right Livelihood? How are you finding this series in general? Please leave reactions, questions, reflections in comments.
Look for the sixth video in this series (Right Effort) on March 29.
Sending much love, Susan
P.S. Please join Buddhist teacher and author, Michael Carroll, for a five week program, starting on April 12th: Lending a Hand: Avalokitesvara and the Art of Mind Protection. This program is FREE/by donation. Sign up here.
The traditional Buddhist image of compassion is the many armed Bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara, whose nature is to “lend a hand” to those who suffer: to nourish, inspire, heal, and protect. But how does such compassion work? When life presents us with demanding challenges that can be disheartening, captivating and at times terrifying, is it possible to “protect” ourselves and others from such challenges or is such a prospect futile? During this 5-session program, we will explore the principle of “mind protection” and how the skillful means of Avalokitesvara can offer us insight into living a more compassionate and fulfilled life.
P.S.S. Michele Sapanaro is teaching her second Meditation Posture Workshop for the Open Heart Project on March 21st from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET. Meditation practice begins with posture! It is not always easy to find the best way to sit for your body. This workshop is for you if you want to review the way you sit, discuss physical pain, and get recommendations for making your meditation time more comfortable.
Find out more here (just $15 for the class).
P.S.S.S. Our next Meditation and Creativity Day will be peer-led on March 27th. This program is free for Open Heart Project Sangha members. Click here to find out more.