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Ven. Pomnyun Sunim. Picture courtesy of Jungto Society

The Korean Seon (Zen) grasp Venerable Pomnyun Sunim () wears many hats: Buddhist monk, trainer, writer, environmentalist, and social activist, to call a number of. As a extensively revered Dharma trainer and a tireless socially engaged activist in his native South Korea, Ven. Pomnyun Sunim has based quite a few Dharma-based organizations, initiatives and initiatives which might be energetic world wide. Amongst them, the Jungto Society, a voluntary group based mostly on Buddhist teachings and expressing equality, easy residing and sustainability, is devoted to addressing modern social points that result in struggling, together with environmental degradation, poverty and battle .

The next article shared by the Jungto Society is a part of a collection of notable highlights from Ven. Pomnyun Sunims texts, teachings and common reside streaming Dharma Q+A periods accessible worldwide.

Prior to now, individuals aged 60 and over had been thought-about aged. Due to this fact, the retirement age was set at 60 years. Nonetheless, as we speak’s 60-year-olds are simply as wholesome as 50-year-olds had been a number of a long time in the past. As individuals are actually more healthy and have longer life expectations, the retirement age could should be raised by round 10 years. Nonetheless, there’s a situation. Since there may be already a scarcity of jobs, there shall be fewer jobs for younger individuals if the retirement age is raised, so job sharing is important.

For instance, to illustrate somebody is 58 years outdated and has reached retirement age at their firm, and their month-to-month wage is $5,000. If the corporate had been to extend the retirement age however proceed to pay the identical wage, it must shoulder a higher monetary burden and never be capable to rent many new staff. Moreover, as employees get older, they acquire knowledge and expertise, however inevitably fall behind of their work tempo and technological experience. On this case, it’s attainable for the corporate to proceed to profit from the expertise and amassed information of the older staff by retaining them employed however at a decrease place and wage. For instance, if the individual of retirement age is a division head, they might hand over their place to a junior worker and tackle the position of an advisor or steering committee member, at a decrease wage of $3,000. When he reaches 70, he may additional cut back his work hours to solely three days every week with a month-to-month wage of $2,000. On this manner the corporate can successfully make the most of his expertise and expertise with out extreme monetary burden.

As individuals get older, they need to let go of their stereotypes and prejudices about totally different jobs. An individual can work as a safety guard after retiring from the place of head of a division. When society teaches us that each one professions are equally priceless, individuals could respect a former CEO much more when he retires and works as a safety guard on the identical firm, and never despise him. Equally, a retired faculty principal, as a substitute of spending his time idle, can volunteer to assist younger academics with class preparation or train a category as soon as every week. If we are able to redistribute work by lowering wages and dealing hours for sure jobs, we are able to create a system that helps older employees keep employed and make some cash with out overworking.

In as we speak’s society, the aged are handled as if they cannot do something, however for those who go searching, there may be a variety of work for them to do. Within the Jungto practitioner group, we see that when younger individuals make kimchi or bean paste, it has no style, however when older girls make it, it’s scrumptious. Because the bodily labor required to organize these meals is simply too taxing for older practitioners, they will share the work with youthful practitioners and work harmoniously as a crew. When younger individuals do the heavy lifting and older individuals provide recommendation on combining spices or salting cabbage, the job could be performed very effectively.

Even on a farm, all of the produce, like lettuces and cabbages, appear to thrive within the arms of older individuals, however do not accomplish that effectively underneath the care of youthful individuals. Due to this fact, if the elders plant the seeds and have a tendency the crops whereas the youthful ones tackle the extra laborious duties, concord could be achieved. When individuals can work on this manner, even individuals of their eighties can play an necessary position.

For those who journey to the countryside, you will notice outdated males working like robust younger males. When persons are younger, working within the metropolis appears difficult, whereas farming within the countryside appears outdated. Nonetheless, those that work within the metropolis are pressured to retire at a comparatively younger age, whereas there isn’t any retirement for farmers even into their seventies. Farmers can proceed working so long as they will. Due to this fact, as a substitute of counting on their kids of their outdated age, they will ship their kids the produce they grew even of their eighties.

As individuals get older, they keep alive after they keep energetic and keep helpful. Aged individuals in poor and needy nations who should proceed to work have eyes vigorous, whereas aged individuals within the US, for instance, who sit leisurely on park benches or rocking chairs do not need the identical vigor and vitality. Residing in bodily consolation with out a lot to do is just not essentially a very good factor. As a substitute, it is good for the thoughts and physique to remain energetic, whether or not it is weeding the fields, cleansing the home, or doing volunteer work.

See extra

Jungto Society
JTS Korea
JTS of America
Worldwide Community of Engaged Buddhists

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