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Date Teaching Length
Mon, 10/01/2012 Communicating with Truthfulness 21:35
Tue, 10/09/2012 Communicating with Kindness Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 20:31
Mon, 10/15/2012 Communicating with Meaning Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 29:06
Mon, 10/22/2012 Communicating with Harmony Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 30:22

In this retreat, Vishvapani Blomfield, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, explores the concept of "right communication." The Buddha, Vishvapani says, emphasized the importance of practicing Right Speech on the Eightfold Path. But then again, the Buddha wasn't on Twitter. In this day and age, we're constantly communicating, not only through face-to-face interactions but also through texting, emailing, Skyping, Tweeting, and Facebooking. It's difficult enough to apply Right Speech in a conversation with a friend. But how do we do it over text? Via email? On Facebook?

During this election cycle, as the American public collectively engages in heated political discussions, practicing Right Speech is more important than ever. Throughout the retreat, Vishvapani shows us how to engage in Right Speech by asking ourselves, no matter what the medium: Is it truthful? Is it effective? Is it beneficial? Is it kind? Speech, Vishvapani tells us, is a central part of being human—it's what connects us to the people we surround ourselves with. When practiced wisely, Right Speech can have powerful and transforming effects and allow us to express true wisdom and compassion.

Retreat begins October 1st, 2012.

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Latest Comments in this Retreat

  • lesedilight's picture
    lesedilight commented on
    January 24, 2013, 12:41 am

    Namaste

    I am very grateful for your teachings on Right Speech. Each day I try not to engage in gossip and...

  • funkyr21's picture
    funkyr21 commented on
    November 11, 2012, 8:09 am

    Bishop Blomfield,
    I've been practicng Buddhist meditaion and readngs for more than a year, i haven't approched...

  • eknox217's picture
    eknox217 commented on
    November 9, 2012, 6:56 pm

    Ever since I began talking as a little kid, I consciously or unconsciously used speech as a defense. As I got older...

  • Pavan's picture
    Pavan commented on
    November 6, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Thanks so much for this video.