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The Path to End Suffering: Step Five

November 20, 2023   |   4 Comments

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Meditation practice begins at 21:07

Hello, wonderful Open Heart Project. I hope you are well and enjoying this series of videos on foundational Buddhist teachings. So far, we have covered:

Right View
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action

Today we move on to the fifth step: Right Livelihood. How can we turn work, money, and the effort to express ourselves into a part of the spiritual journey? Please have a listen! Many thoughts were expressed in this video! What do you think? I’d love to hear.

Much love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Bonnie Wald

    thank you again = but again i see all of my mistakes and wrong actions; wrong speech and on and on – i am working at having some self compassion

  • Posted by:  diana plummer

    Thank you for your clear and encouraging communication with these videos,

  • Posted by:  Sue Ellen May

    Such a timely talk. I even wrote down, “The way we talk to ourselves is how we talk to others.” As a retired person, my livelihood environment is small, my workplace is largely just my husband and me, and as so often happens, it’s the little stuff that becomes crazy-making. I have found myself thinking critical thoughts about his habits (and sometimes voicing them), and some days I am Samsara Woman, with frustrations at every turn. My self-talk can be fussy, then I become fussy with him. I don’t like either state. Weaving generosity into this inner and outer environment may be key to easing up on both of us. Maybe I’m being supplanted in my part time job, being eased out the door, not because of any fault or failing of my own. Perhaps there is a younger, more energetic person who brings new views and fresh eyes. That is a wonderful opportunity for that person, but not a slam on me (or maybe it is and I can gently close that door myself). Maybe my husband forgets in the short term, but he can still enjoy mutual memories and his sense of humor is intact. There is an ease to generosity, a letting go of how things should be in recognition of how they really are. One thought re compensation: when I was in active mental health practice, it was normal to pay a fee for training that enhanced practice. I see the OHP opportunities as enhancing practice in life, and am grateful.

    • Posted by:  diana plummer

      Just read your comment on the right livelihood video.
      I am in a similar situation and although very hard to deal with at times,I feel that the inner work necessary can and must be continued in this framework.
      Very grateful for this Sangha.

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