Right livelihood has ceased to be a purely personal matter. It is our collective karma.—Thich Nhat Hanh
In Work Thich Nhat Hanh adapts ancient Buddhist practices to modern life and helps readers make fulfilling choices about livelihood and ethical work. Full of life-coaching advice, Work suggest new mindful models of leadership and encourages us to carefully examine our everyday choices, so that we can contribute to a work environment free from stress and tension, regardless of the circumstance.
Practical, wise, and deeply compassionate, Work offers us a path for discovering the joy and inspiration that lies at the very heart of our household, livelihood, and daily routines.—Michael Carroll, Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader
Work is a practical handbook for those who seek sanity and serenity at work. I love the beautiful simplicity of his teachings and the clarity they produce in my mind.—BJ Gallager, coauthor of Being Buddha at Work
Thich Nhat Hanh has invited the world into mindfulness for generations. His latest gift is a call to return to the moment at work and throughout the day. Work gives us an opening into the happiness available in the here and now. Others may lecture, others may advise; Thich Nhat Hanh invites. I am grateful; you will be as well.—Franz Metcalf, What Would Buddha Do?
Work shows us precisely how each daily activity can be a place to savor our life…Our work day doesn’t need to oppress or restrict us. In fact, our livelihood can become a raft gently floating us to the shore of awakening.—The Mindfulness Bell
From Chapter: The Art of Living
The way we live our daily lives, whether we are mindful or not, has everything to do with peace. Bringing our awareness to every moment, we try to have a vocation that helps us realize our ideal of compassion. We try our best to have a job that is beneficial to humans, animals, plants, and the Earth, or at least minimally harmful. We live in a society where jobs are hard to find, but if it happens that our work entails harming life, we should try our best to find another job. Our vocation can nourish our understanding and compassion, or it can erode them. We should practice mindfulness in our daily activities so we don’t drown in forgetfulness. So many modern industries are harmful to humans and nature. This is true even in food production. The chemical poisons used by most modern farms do a lot of harm to the environment. Practicing right livelihood is difficult for farmers. If they don’t use chemical pesticides, it may be difficult for them to compete commercially, so not many farmers practice organic farming. This is just one example.