Featured Articles and Journals: right speech

June 13, 2016
On the Buddha's Eightfold Path, right speech is followed by right action. So it's no surprise that the opposite happens -- that hate-filled speech is followed by hateful action. If words are used to demonize people, if laws are proposed to separate...
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February 18, 2015
I hate to bother you, but I have a book recommendation. You'd never think such a brisk, poppy work would have so much to say about the passive-aggressive communication we buy into, but you might be surprised! Besides, it's only about 100 pages! Of...
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January 8, 2015
Here are six ways to practice speech that are simultaneously effective tools for better communication, straightforward practices to develop greater ability, and effective methods for waking up and being present in our lives. In order to step out of...
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October 10, 2014
In one of my favorite passages in one of my favorite dharma books, "Loving Kindness," Sharon Salzberg talks about how she'd been practicing metta, loving kindness meditation, and wasn't sure it was having any effect -- until one morning when she...
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February 15, 2014
One day I got home from work and found the electricity was off. I reported it to the power company, which gave me an estimate of 90 minutes or so, but when I called back at that time to check, it wasn't even listed as an outage.
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February 7, 2014
Once the Buddha was walking through a village when he encountered an angry man who got in his face and began yelling at him, saying things like “You have no right to be teaching others, you’re just a big fake and just as confused as everyone else!”...
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March 25, 2013
How do we tell the truth when the truth needs telling? 
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March 5, 2013
Right or Wise Speech is one of the factors on the Buddha's Eightfold Path, and it includes a warning against harsh speech*. A new study shows the effect of harsh speech in reader comments.
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February 28, 2013
Right speech, sometimes called Wise or Skillful Speech, is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path to liberation from suffering.  ... The importance of speech in ethical conduct is clear, Bikkhu Bodhi says in his guide to...
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February 7, 2013
IDP bloggers and Journal writers love to get comments on their posts. We're all suffering and awakening together. When we share our responses, analysis, and experience, we all progress along the path together (and alone). Even sharing confusion can...
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February 2, 2013
If you're my friend on Facebook, you know that I share a lot of links. I think of Facebook as a community bulletin board or an envelope of newspaper and magazines clippings that I want to send off to my friends. Here's a bunch of stuff I think is...
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October 25, 2012
I have been thinking a lot about the discussions of the 8-fold path happening wednesday nights in new york.  Especially relating to skillful speech, listening deeply and how that intersects with being vulnerable.   I was meditating the...
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September 12, 2012
  A friend of mine posted this quote by Deepak Chopra on her Facebook page the other day:  "Every thought you are thinking creates a wave that ripples through all the layers of intellect, mind, senses, and matter, spreading out in wider...
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March 5, 2012
At breakfast yesterday morning, my dear friend - who is in a Twelve-Step program - explained that he'd begun working on the 8th Step.  This requires that he make a list of all the persons in his life that he's harmed, and then make amends to...
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January 23, 2012
"I just did something really stupid."  "If I weren't always impatient, I'd be a better person."  "It was my fault, I screwed it up again."  "I should pay attention and not make so many mistakes."  "That was a dumb thing to do."...
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December 29, 2011
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November 2, 2011
Looking through Thich Nhat Hanh’s  The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, I found this section at the back that I had not previously read. “Of course, you have the right to suffer, but as practitioners, you do not have the...
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October 21, 2011
I talk a lot. I always have. I tried once in the third grade to be shy, because I thought the quiet kids were cool and kinda mysterious, but I failed. I’ve long since accepted that I am a talker, that's just who I am, but lately I’...
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July 11, 2011
  Near the end of his life, the Buddha gathered his disciples around and stood silently before them for quite some time. At one point he reached down, plucked a flower from the grass, and held it up for everyone to see. Still, he didn...
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July 2, 2011
The things you want to say speak volumes when you can’t say them.
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by Lani
May 26, 2011
This last week I was the recipient of a group email debating the merits - or lack thereof - of using certain highly charged words. Among the questionable was "terrorist" - a word, I, in particular, find somewhat of an inflammatory...
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April 1, 2011
Happy April Fools Day all! Have you had any good jokes played so far? Google TISP is a good April Fools' joke. I wrote a comment on my facebook and twitter feeds today, but then read this great article from Salon.com, My Month of No Snark.
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March 10, 2011
It was pointed out to me recently that I use the phrase “they should be shot” a lot. To my ear, it’s nothing, just verbal hyperbole and rhetorical fancy meant to add some color to the conversation. Obviously, I’m not...
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February 20, 2011
  The Buddha had no idea how increasingly important Right Speech was going to be some 2,500 years after he first prescribed the Noble Eightfold Path. 
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