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I really need to find a job

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tamdrin
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I really need to find a job

Postby tamdrin » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:51 pm

Hi all,
I recently graduated from University (degree in religion and philosophy), moved into my own apartmen, and now I really need to find a job to support myself. Are there any suggestions on jobs in accordance with a Buddhist lifestyle and right livelihood?

Sincerely,
Tamdrin

Moggalana
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Re: I really need to find a job

Postby Moggalana » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:48 pm

What about teaching (at Uni or school for example)?
Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.

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123ertyy
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Re: I really need to find a job

Postby 123ertyy » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:57 pm

We die someday.

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daverupa
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Re: I really need to find a job

Postby daverupa » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:22 pm

There was a thread once upon a time that discussed the propriety of being a server in a restaurant and having to deliver alcohol according to the requests of the patrons. I suppose working as a clerk in a convenience store or grocers might, to some, be a gray area when, for example, someone brings a case of beer or a rump roast to the register, but I very much doubt that it runs afoul of the precepts. However, one career field which I think does run afoul is sales and advertising. The purpose of those endeavors is to generate desire in another person(s), and I find this to be very much more against the Dhamma than operating a cash register or walking a beer and a burger from the restaurant kitchen to a table.

In this analysis my understanding of Right LIvelihood begins to take shape:

Brewing alcohol? Problem.
Acting as an advertiser for alcohol? Problem.
Bartending? Potential (context-specific) problem.
Delivery driver of alcohol? Potential (context-specific) problem.
Ringing up an alcohol sale as a grocery clerk? No problem.

Examples are probably to be examined individually, in these complex economic times. Also, you could always go forth...

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Ben
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Re: I really need to find a job

Postby Ben » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:55 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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chownah
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Re: I really need to find a job

Postby chownah » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:50 am

You could be a sewer worker.....or an attendant at a swimming pool.....or a sex worker...
chownah

alan
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Re: I really need to find a job

Postby alan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:55 am

I find it hard to believe that a recent graduate with two high-end degrees does not also have some council from those institutions for job placement.


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