Right Speech

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Zuisei Sensei speaks of Right Speech, the third factor in the Noble Eightfold Path.

She speaks of the importance of kind, mindful speech whose purpose is to affirm rather than negate, to support rather than demean. In fact, according to the Buddha, right speech should have five characteristics: it must be timely, true, beneficial, endearing, and agreeable. If it is missing any of these characteristics, then we do better to refrain.

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery, 05/31/2015

Note: Sensei’s talks on the second and sixth factors, Right Thought and Right Effort, were mistakenly not recorded. Therefore they’re missing from this collection.

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