Creating Enlightened Society: Right Livelihood in the 21st Century. A Public Talk @Westside Shambhala
with Acharya Eve Rosenthal
In his first sermon after attaining Enlightenment, the Buddha taught that one of the pathways to Enlightenment was through “right livelihood”. (At that time, the Buddha taught that lay followers should not engage in business in weapons, human beings, meat, intoxicants, and poisons.)
In today's complex, fragmented, and yet increasingly global and interdependent world, what does “right livelihood” look like?
Is “right livelihood” determined only by the products and consequences of our work, or does it also have to do with our motivation, and how we go about carrying out our work? In an age when we have more choices than ever, is it a question of simply “following our bliss” if we are fortunate enough to do so, and doing what needs to be done if we aren't? What is the relationship between making a living (and maybe even getting rich) and spiritual practice? Are there jobs that have no place in “enlightened society”? Is the aspiration to help create enlightened society itself the gateway to “right livelihood”?
Please join us for this provocative and timely discussion as we explore the relationship between “right livelihood” and creating enlightened society, and how we can align our work and our lives so as to be of greatest benefit.
Acharya Eve Rosenthal has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1973. She was Resident Director of Shambhala Training in New York City in the mid-80s. Since 1990, she has been living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented products to the LA Shambhala Center as some of our participants have severe scent-related allergies.