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. Taking life also can mean making someone’s life un-enjoyable this can be applied to someone’s job so that they make sure that any one below them has got fair pay and equal rights also that they should not have a job in a company works in a way that upsets other people.  The positive side of this is By deeds of loving kindness I purify my body.  This means that a Buddhist should try and help others to give other life as such or somebody’s energy. This would be fulfilled by been a doctor as this would give people life and energy by helping relieve pain and maybe save a life.

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I undertake to abstain from taking what is not freely given, again this has a simple and more complicated meaning. Simply this is no to steal so obviously a theft or con man would be out of the question.  There is however, much more complex way to look at this.  It to do with not exploiting some one for your own gain this is often quite legal it also dose not only apply to material thing but can be put to time wasting or energy taking. This could be applied to some types of advertising and salesmen tactics and ...

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