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Thu Oct 30, 2014, 01:26 PM

32. This as a teaching moment about Right Speech

When vulgar speech like this pops up in the public domain, I am reminded of my Mother's saying that "foolish names and foolish faces always show up in public places." As a Buddhist, more and more, I don't get angry and outraged by such hateful speech. Rather it simply strikes me as vulgar. "Vulgar" was not a word that used to occur to me very often, if at all. But now, I find myself regarding so much of what I hear from the RWers as simply "vulgar." More importantly, I am reminded to reflect on the Buddhist precepts of "Right Speech." And so I share some excepts about Right Speech written Beth Roth from tricycle.com

The Buddha was unequivocal about the importance of how we employ our human capacity for speech and verbal interaction. Right Speech, also called Wise Speech or Virtuous Speech, is speech that gives rise to peace and happiness in oneself and others. The word “Right” is not a moral judgment to be contrasted with bad or wrong, but means “leading to happiness for oneself and others.

The Buddha was precise in his description of Right Speech. He defined it as “abstinence from false speech, abstinence from malicious speech, abstinence from harsh speech, and abstinence from idle chatter.” In the vernacular this means not lying, not using speech in ways that create discord among people, not using swear words or a cynical, hostile or raised tone of voice, and not engaging in gossip. Re-framed in the positive, these guidelines urge us to say only what is true, to speak in ways that promote harmony among people, to use a tone of voice that is pleasing, kind, and gentle, and to speak mindfully in order that our speech is useful and purposeful.

Right Speech is a mindfulness practice. By undertaking this practice, we commit to greater awareness of our body, mind, and emotions. Mindfulness makes it possible to recognize what we are about to say before we say it, and thus offers us the freedom to choose when to speak, what to say, and how to say it. With mindfulness, we see that the heart is the ground from which our speech grows. We learn to restrain our speech in moments of anger, hostility, or confusion, and over time, to train the heart to more frequently incline towards wholesome states such as love, kindness and empathy. From these heart states Right Speech naturally arises.

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