Tricycle Teachings: Right Speech

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One of the Five Precepts for ethical conduct, traditionally Right Speech is defined as the avoidance of four types of harmful communication: lies, divisive speech, harsh speech, and idle chatter. Even with these clear directions, though, factoring Right Speech into our daily lives can be exceedingly difficult. Tricycle Teachings: Right Speech is full of insight and advice from Buddhist teachers on how to successfully bring Right Speech into the interactions and relationships we care most about.

Table of Contents

1. "Right Speech," by the Buddha
2. "Say it Right," by Katy Butler
3. "Skillful Speech," by Allan Lokos
4. "The Buddhist Guide to Gossip," by Nancy Baker
5. "Family Dharma: Right Speech Reconsidered," by Beth Roth
6. "Right Speech from a Tibetan Buddhist Perspective," by Roger Jackson
7. "Right Speech in Marriage," by Susan Piver Brown
8. "Right Lying," by Lin Jensen
9. "The Truth about Gossip," by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron

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Smartmil8's picture

It really is difficult to come up with something to say while keeping all that I have read of Righ Speech in mind. I wonder if that might be the point, speaking less overall means less lying, exaggerating, insulting and so on. That said, for myself I don't think feeling "more Buddhister than thou" is quite the issue. To be honest I'm not even sure I am a Buddhist or that being a Buddhist is possible without being a monk following the vinaya and they myriad precepts or even trying to. I do not mean that as criticism of you or any non-monk Buddhist. I respect what I know of the Buddha's teachings. According to Thich Nhat Hanh I am entering the door of practice through relative truth, attempting to be mindfull and understand, provisionally of course, The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, The Two Truths, The Three Dharma Seals, The Three Doors of Liberation, The Jewels, Perfections, Powers, Aggregates and so on.

At the present though my mind turns to Right Speech and my own deficiencies in regards to Right Speech.