Right Speech

Right Speech

  • April 10, 2017

Speech, both oral and written, is so powerful an influence on human relationships and society that Buddha determined it worthy of inclusion on the Noble Eightfold Path! This is the first of the virtue practices, right speech: interacting with others to not cause harm(Marotta 2013, 176).

Inquiry:
Ask yourself: When you feel emotionally charged and have judgmental thoughts, do you pay attention to what you say, when you choose to say it, and whether it’s actually true?

Practice:
Cultivate Right Speech. When you listen, really listen—listen to understand (not to prove you’re right). When you’re present, be really present—offer kindness (not judgment). When you speak, say only what is useful, communicate when it’s timely, and discern whether it’s true.