Category Archives: Speech

Truthfulness first

The third factor of the Eightfold Path is Right Speech, that is, cultivating speech that will lead us and others towards peace and away from unwholesome results. Of all the guidelines about speech, the most fundamental is truthfulness. Without being … Continue reading

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Right Speech

A monk visiting our local monastery this week talked about the tools we have in our toolbox to facilitate awakening. He initially spoke of concentration and insight practice but later expanded the analogy to discerning the hindrances and knowing our … Continue reading

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The karma of psychology

We’ve been considering the five natural “laws” of karma, and we now come to the law of mind (citta-niyāma).  We might think that we control our thoughts, but as any meditator knows, the mind goes where it wants to, when it wants … Continue reading

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Forgive and give space

Such a rich story (see two previous posts) – it’s made me consider my actions from a new perspective. First thought is that we should have some compassion for Ajahn Sumedho. He was a young monk in a strange and … Continue reading

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Story part 2

[See previous post for part 1 – both taken verbatim from “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” by Ajahn Amaro] A few days later Ajahn Chah returned, and word reached him pretty quickly about this outrageous confrontation by the foreign monk. He … Continue reading

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Story part 1

[Note: Quoted verbatim – story from “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” by Ajahn Amaro] The more we believe in our opinions, the greater our investment in the rational mind. Indeed, the more logical our thoughts may be, the more tidy our … Continue reading

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Truthfulness

We’ve come to the end of our consideration of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony, and when I contemplate it all together, it strikes me that truthfulness is the foundation of social harmony. Without truthfulness, … Continue reading

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