Friday, October 27, 2023

Right Speech

In Buddhism, there is a thing called 'Right Speech.' It's not 'right' as in correct, but 'right' as in skilful. And it's not a list of rules but a suggested course of action. There are masses of teachings about this, but they all pretty much boil down to this:
Before we speak, ask ourselves:
  • Is it kind?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it true?
  • Will it improve on the silence?

This can be a good practice.