Monday, August 31, 2009

Speak the Truth

Virtue makes our social lives livable and lays the groundwork for happiness and ease. Morality inhibits detrimental actions such as harsh speech and helps create harmony. When harmony is established, peace can be cultivated.

GK p.164

Right speech is a central element in virtuous behavior, a small but important thing we can do in any moment to create harmony and help cultivate peace in ourselves, in our relationships, in our world.

How did the Buddha describe right speech?

It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of goodwill.

Read Chapter 15: Speak the Truth pp. 163-180

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