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Analyse the pencil and explain how it might be applied to a persons employment.

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Guy Mitchell Tuesday, 11 March 2003 Analyse the pencil and explain how it might be applied to a persons employment The Pancil consists 5 basic guidelines on how a Buddhist should construct there life. They are not rules but merely guidelines and pointers to help a Buddhist on his / her way to enlightenment. The Pancil is fundamental to the Buddhist teaching on morality (sila) and supports way of morality in the noble eightfold path. Right speech is one is one of the precepts. Right livelihood is fulfilled tough observing the guidelines of the Pancil. I am now going to analyse the Pancil and show how it can be applied to a person's employment. Each precept has a positive quality to be developed as well as a negative condition which is to be avoided. I undertake to abstain from taking life, in basic form this means not to kill. This would out rule a job in the army or arms manufacturing also working for a company that supplied either of those would be out. ...read more.


This could be applied to some types of advertising and salesmen tactics and also the sale of drugs, tobacco or other addictive substances. The positive side of this is with openhanded generosity I purify my body. This means that a Buddhist should be generous a job that would fulfil this is anything that is giving such as for charity or been a teacher as you are giving education and understanding. I undertake to abstain from the misuse of the senses; this precept is to do with over indulgence of the sexual senses. This may be applied to jobs such as a lap dancer or working in the pornography industry or any jobs linked to sexual misconduct. The positive side of this is with stillness, simplicity and contentment I purify my body. This means that a Buddhist should follow the middle way; they should live a healthy and simple life, not letting anything take over their life. This would mean a Buddhist should not take to high a salary over what they need nor should they let their job take over their life. ...read more.


However if you let them drink too much you would put them in contradiction of the pencil and hence yourself. The positive side of this is 'with mindfulness, clear and radiant I purify my mind' this mean that a Buddhist should always be try and be 'awake' this is what it is to be enlightened. This would relate to someone's job that they should help others on the way to enlightenment or to enlighten someone though the press or teaching. These, as I said are guidelines they are not restricting rules and it depends on you interpretation of them how you follow them. Most jobs are completely viable few are not and these are basically immoral any way and a good person would not follow them. For many jobs it depends on how you make it you can be a business man and depend on child labour and lie about your poor quality products or you can use fair trade and be fair with there sales. This would be alright and could be applied to most jobs for all people. ...read more.

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