Sep 21, 2020
Right speech is abstaining
- divisive speech
- frivolous speech
(false speech): The performance is indicating something false
through speaking, through choosing not to speak, or through
gesture. Causing others to engage in the three types of
speech—lying, divisive speech, or offensive speech—is the same as
doing it yourself.
- Divisive speech: the motivation is the desire
that living beings who are compatible be separated or the desire
that living beings who are incompatible remain so.
speech: is saying something unpleasant, which may be either true or
false, about someone else.
- Frivolous speech (idle chatter) speaking about
something that is not meaningful.
Karmic results that are similar
to the cause:
divisive speech—loss of friendships
offensive speech—hearing unpleasant words
senseless speech—others not listening to your words
Guard against anger erupting in
Be restrained with your
Letting go of verbal
Practice good conduct with your
—Buddha, The Dhammapada
Links and References
Buddha.The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale.
Shambala, Boston and London, 2011,
Je Tsongkhapa. Great Treatise
on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment,,
Volume 1. Pages 222-236. Translated by the Lamrim
Chenmo Translation Committee. Joshua Cutler, Editor-in-Chief, and
Guy Newlan, Editor.