The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 5

May 23, 2022   |   2 Comments

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Meditation practice begins at 17:40.

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 June 6th.

Sending much love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  James

    Susan, a thousand thanks for all your teachings which i review and treasure. Your knowledge and human style touch me. You are contributing to my life, and expand my boundaries. Blesings to you.

  • Posted by:  Tamara

    The videos audio went out

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