Category Archives: Speech

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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Reviewing ourselves

In the monastic community, giving and accepting criticism of each others’ behavior is a standard part of the training. In lay life we tend not to welcome any indication that we or our views are not perfect. However, we rarely … Continue reading

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Blanket apologies

Apologizing and accepting apologies is an essential activity within communities if they are to be harmonious, yet it is often hard to find the best way to handle the process. If we’ve hurt someone and know it, we can apologize … Continue reading

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A good visitor

In this surprising (to me) sutta, the Buddha gives his monks and nuns specific “do”s and “don’t”s for visiting with lay families. Normally monastics would visit laypeople either to receive a meal or to tend to someone’s needs, physical or … Continue reading

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