The Buddhas Guidelines To Proper Speech

The Buddhas Guidelines To Proper Speech

Abandoning false, malicious, harsh and idle speech

"Abandoning false speech, he abstains from false speech; he speaks truth, adheres to​ truth, is​ trustworthy and reliable, one who is​ no deceiver of​ the world.

Abandoning malicious speech, he abstains from malicious speech; he does not repeat elsewhere what he has heard here in​ order to​ divide [those people] from these, nor does he repeat to​ these people what he has heard else where to​ divide [these people] fromthose; thus he is​ one who reunites those who are divided, a​ promoter of​ friendships, who enjoy concord, rejoices in​ concord, delights in​ concord, a​ speaker of​ words that promote concord.

Abandoning harsh speech, he abstains from harsh speech; he speaks such words as​ are gentle, pleasing to​ the ear, and loveable, as​ go to​ the heart, are courteous, desired by many and agreeable to​ many.

Abandoning idle chatter, he abstains from idle chatter; he speaks at​ the right time, speaks what is​ fact, speaks on what is​ good, speaks on the Dhamma (Buddha's teachings) and the Discipline (moral guidelines); at​ the right time he speaks such words
as are worth recording, reasonable, moderate, and beneficial."

Having proper speech is​ just one aspect of​ the The ten virtuous deeds:

Refraining from the following ten actions:
1) taking life,
2) taking what is​ not given
3) sexual misconduct,
(which are the three virtuous actions of​ body. )

4) lying,
5) slander,
6) harsh speech
7) idle speech,
(which are the four virtuous deeds of​ speech.)

8) envy,
9) ill will
10) holding wrong views
(which are the three virtuous deeds of​ mind.)

It is​ possible to​ "upgrade" our capacities through diligent spiritual practice along the graduated path to​ full Enlightenment (Buddhahood) by increasing our Compassion and Wisdom. However, we should not pressure others to​ "upgrade" their capacities. We should instead use skilful means to​ encourage them to​ spiritually grow beyond their current capacity in​ good time. Sometimes, others need more than this lifetime alone to​ "upgrade" their capacities.

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