Talks, Articles, Resources

This page hosts a wealth of material on Right Livelihood as practiced in the Triratna Buddhist Community.

It contains both canonical and contemporary material, much of it coming from Windhorse:Evolution. Many thanks to Dhammaloka of the Dharmapala College, Saddharaja of Windhorse:Evolution, and Paul Powell of Karuna, Ratnaprabha (and others) for collecting it making it available.

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Right Livelihood Resources for the Triratna Buddhist Community

This page contains articles and resources on the practice of right livelihood, as opposed to material containing ideas for workshops, exercises, or reflections, which is found on the ‘Exercises and Reflections‘ page.

How to find what you’re looking for:
The material has been arranged into different categories to help you find the article you want:
A) Traditional teachings on the principles of right livelihood
B) Triratna and other contemporary Buddhist’s on the principles of Right Livelihood

Specific resources on mindfulness and ethics in work situations are included in the Dharma Teaching section of this website.

A) Traditional teachings on the principles of Right Livelihood:
1) traditional-and-fwbo-teachings-on-right-livelihhood.pdf, by Ratnaprabha
A compilation of traditional teachings and scriptural sources, mostly from the Buddha and Pali Canon, but including Mahayana teachings and texts, and some FWBO material.
2) extracts-from-dogens-instructions-to-the-cook.pdf, by Ratnaprabha
Ratnaprabha has extracted quotes from Dogen’s famous advice to the monastery cook on how to approach their work.
3) buddhist-attitudes-to-work-in-india-china-and-japan.pdf, by Dhammaloka
A short article looking at the different social ethics, approaches to the Dharma, and attitudes to work in three Buddhist cultures.

B) FWBO and other contemporary Buddhist’s on the principles of Right Livelihood:
1) right-livelihood-reading-list.pdf, by Ratnaprabha
2) sangharakshita-on-right-livelihood.pdf, by Ratnaprabha
Various extracts from talks and seminars where Sangharakshita talks about Right Livelihood.
3) a-guide-to-practising-right-livelihood-in-the-modern-world.pdf, by Ratnaprabha
Covers many aspects of what it means to practice Right Livelihood.
4) five-aspects-of-right-livelihood-from-jack-kornfield.pdf, by Ratnaprabha
Ratnaprabha has written-up Jack Kornfield’s five aspects: non-harming, appropriate happiness, growth and awareness, simplicity, and service.
5) five-principles-of-windhorse-evolution.pdf, by Ratnagosha
A talk by the chair of Windhorse: Evolution, given to its team in Cambridge, which gives an insight into what Windhorse are trying to create, but also explores five principles: making money, generosity (giving the money away!), ethics, personal development, and collectivity and community.

5a) ratnaghosa_spiritual_practice_productivity_and_efficiency Ratnaghosha July 2008 (7 pages) In response to concerns raised during a recent review of Windhorse:evolution, Ratnaghosha takes a fresh look at the relationship between efficiency and productivity on the one hand and spiritual practice or the spiritual development of the individual, on the other hand.
6) introduction-to-right-livelihood.pdf, by Dhammaloka
Another broad overview, reflecting on the topic in terms of the ethical nature of our work, the people we are working with, the way in which we work, and how we use the resources we accumulate.
7) saddharaja_work_as_a_spiritual_practice, by Saddharaja
An article by Saddharaja, based at Windhorse:Evolution, in which he gives an overview of work as practice, the history of W:E’s experience of this, and gives brief introductions to how a whole range of Buddhist practices might be applied in the workplace.
8 ) Sangharakshita on Right Livelihood
Extracts from Bhante’s aphorisms, lectures, seminars and written material. (16 pages)
Bhante – seminar_right_livelihood_Q_and_A_at_windhorse_trading
Bhante – seminar_authority_and_the_individual_in_the_new_society
Bhante – talk_noble_eight_fold_path-right_livelihood
Bhante – talk_authority_and_the_individual_in_the_new_society
9) jnanavaca_general_introduction_to_right_livelihood Working Life: an exploration of Right Livelihood by Jnanavaca. (7 pages)
Including an exploration of Subhuti’s five categories for Right Livelihood: ethical work; making contact with other Buddhists in the same line of work; arranging to work together in the same organisation; setting up a business together, but paying themselves a normal ‘worldly’ wage; and the ‘semi-monastic’ lifestyle model of ‘Team Based Right Livelihood’.

10) And finally – everything_you_ever_wanted_to_know_about_tbrl_mindmap TBRL mindmap – everything you ever wanted to know about TBRL. A 12-page mind-map to print out and stick together; created by Paul Powell of the Karuna Trust

C) Mindfulness:
1) approaching-life-as-learning.pdf, by Dhammaloka
A clear and helpful exploration of how there are three aspects of mindfulness: sati, samprajanya, and apramada, looking especially at samprajanya (sense of purpose).

D) Ethics:
1) ethics-in-business.pdf, by Dhammaloka
An application of Buddhist ethical qualities in a business context.
2) windhorse_evolution_ethos_statement
Windhorse:evolution is based on 5 principles or values – generosity, ethics, personal development, collectivity and communality, and commercial viability. They say – “We formulate these in general terms (rather than specifically Buddhist ones), so as to make them accessible to all our employees. These principles form a base line for employment within the business”.

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