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The Path to End Suffering: Step Three

November 6, 2023   |   9 Comments

Audio only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 21:36.

Right speech can change the world.

Hello, wonderful Open Heart Project. I hope you are well and enjoying this series of videos on foundational Buddhist teachings. Right View is here and Right Intention is here in case you want to review.

Today’s talk is about the third step on the noble eightfold path: Right Speech. Spoiler alert: this one can save the world. I’m not even kidding. In this talk, I offer some thoughts on the four things that comprise wrong speech and the six things we can do instead. I’m not going to lie: these are not easy. At first. But because they all depend on introducing a tiny gap between what you think and what you say, with the support of a consistent meditation practice, it gets easier and easier.

Thoughts? Love to hear them.

Much love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Glenn Williams

    Thank you Susan. Appreciated your thoughts. Right Speech is difficult! Regards, Glenn

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      It is! Very glad this was useful.

  • Posted by:  Michelle R.

    This felt especially significant to me as a podcaster (and a podcaster who talks about writing to boot) in the hopes that everything I say and ask my guests might fall into the category of right speech. A guidepost for my intention even.
    Thank you Susan.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      xoxo S

  • Posted by:  Bonnie Wald

    Thank you again – and especially for your personal example – I know none of us are so called perfect but I need to hear that a lot

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome! Here’s to being perfectly imperfect.

  • Posted by:  Laurie Habel

    Thank you Susan. This is a powerful message. I attempt to be thoughtful in my communication, but you clearly explain that right speech is more than that. I hope to keep this present and work to improve. I also appreciate your explanation of lying. There are nuances that I had not considered before. So much to think about and put into practice. I am grateful for you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad this was useful. I’m glad we can practice together.

  • Posted by:  Becky Gardner

    Susan, I’ve listened to your talks on right speech in the past but I wish I listened to this again a couple days ago…I definitely could have been more skillful in my interaction with someone. Right speech in particular is so tangible yet so challenging. I may start listening to this video on repeat monthly. Thank you.

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