TEA party Buddhists, what next?
Jackson, no sarcasm, I would like to see the quotes you mentioned in the original post to this thread.
I'm not an expert of any kind, but from studying the suttas it seems to me that right and wrong livliehood are about avoiding harming others and avoiding occupations that would take one away from leading a contemplative, peaceful life conducive to building good kamma and pursuing the dhamma.
Cooran, in regards to your rejoinder about monks not having duties and people giving Dana to support the Sangha. Yes, that is true, in the idea -- in the religious texts that come to us from 2600 years ago. In reality, in Asia, people give dana because they expect to get a better next life ( bigger house, more beautiful body, more money and possibly, magically seeing beyond that mentality to discover something more spiritual ). No, that isn't all Asian Buddhists. In the situation of serious, non-materialistic Buddhists I would say that in exchange for their Dana these people receive from the monks an education about the Dhanma, meditation guidance, community leadership/support and a sense of support for the things most people talk to religious officials about.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.