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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 08:21 AM

Right speech is one of virtues that we Buddhist try to practice.

Right speech is one of the steps on the Buddhist 8-Fold Path to enlightenment. Right speech includes speaking gently, purposely, and truthfully. It means no lying, no harsh speech, no divisive speech, and no gossip or idle chatter.

“Lying leads to a life in which others will speak ill of you. Lying also establishes a tendency to lie in future lives, as well as the chances of being lied to and not being believed when you speak the truth. The future life consequences of Divisive Speech include loneliness and a tendency to make mischief with other people’s lives. Harsh Speech begets the abuse of others and leads to an angry attitude. Idle Gossip causes others not to listen and leads one to speak incessantly."

-- HH The Dalai Lama

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Reply Right speech is one of virtues that we Buddhist try to practice. (Original post)
vlyons Apr 2020 OP
safeinOhio Apr 2020 #1
Ferrets are Cool Apr 2020 #2
SheltieLover Apr 2020 #5
Butterflylady Apr 2020 #3
lindysalsagal Apr 2020 #4
c-rational Apr 2020 #6
defacto7 Apr 2020 #7

Response to vlyons (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 08:30 AM

1. Tao Te Ching

“Peace and quiet govern the world”.

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Response to vlyons (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 08:40 AM

2. No harsh words are very difficult in this time of WH lying each and every day

The Buddhist philosophy is such a great one to follow. IMO

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:22 AM

5. +1

K&R

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Response to vlyons (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 08:53 AM

3. I try my best to follow the path, however it's hard at times.

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Response to vlyons (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:15 AM

4. The very concept of "right" implies there is "wrong" which is entirely judgemental

which is what the buddhists claim they're eschewing.

It's all the same hypocrisy, with a less dangerous outcome and a divine slant.

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Response to vlyons (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:27 AM

6. I have heard of this practice referred to as the three sieve test, in a story about Socrates.

He was approached by a friend who wanted to tell him some news, and Socrates said does it pass the three sieve test.

First, is it truthful.
Second, is it good, i.e. beneficial.
And last, is it necessary.

If it does not pass this three sieve test, do not speak.

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Response to vlyons (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:50 AM

7. Beautiful. I've tried to follow this idea all my life.

It's a philosophy my father taught me from childhood. I'm somewhat successful, occasionally not but never discouraged because its value in life here and now is clearly evident. Maybe I'm more Buddhist than I thought.

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