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Book: The Buddha's Path of Peace

Chapter: 3. Right Livelihood: How I Live & Work

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.39389


For lay people it is especially helpful that the Buddha does not limit himself to addressing monks and nuns, but examines everyday living and working, in the light of his general ethical teaching. For him ‘Right Livelihood’ is a mode or style of living, or subsistence that does not cause unnecessary harm to people or other living things, and avoids exploitation. Instead, he shows how the Path must promote caring, honest, fair and accountable relations in all encounters with people and other living things.

Chapter Contributors

  • Geoffrey Hunt ( - geoffhunt) 'University of Surrey'