Tuesday, October 19, 2010

#3 of the Eightfold Path

I have found a beautiful interpretation of the Eightfold Path. Number Three, Right Speech struck me as especially poignant. Maybe it's just where I'm at today. In any case, I find it beautiful.

3. Right Speech

We are often judged by our words. Long after we leave this world, our words shall remain. Words can often be sharper than the blade of the sword, bringing harm to the spirit of a person which can cause wounds that are deeper and last longer than that of a dagger. Therefore, we must choose our words carefully. The Buddha realized 4 methods of speech that bring peace to our lives and the lives of those who surround us.

Words of Honesty: Speaking without truth can be a means to our end and to the end of others. Therefore, honesty is always the best policy.

Words of Kindness: Speaking words of kindness, we will never be the cause that divides hearts or puts brother against brother. We become peacemakers. Our words are cherished and valued and shall bring peacefulness to ourselves and to those surrounding us.

Words that are Nurturing: Words that comfort rather than harm the heart, shall travel to the heart, and bring long lasting peace.

Words that are Worthy: Speaking only what is worthy and valuable for the moment, our words will always be found sweet to the ears of others and shall always be considered in a peaceful manner. Words of gossip, untruth, and selfishness do not return to us with peace. The worth of our words is measured by how much they improve the silence.

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