Right Speech in Tumultuous Times


The Buddha, in the first sermon following his enlightenment, instructed us to practice Right Speech as part of the Eightfold Path. One version of the criteria he used for determining if speech is right is: Is is factual? is it true? Is it helpful? Is it endearing? Is it timely? Right Speech can be a challenging practice at any time, much less in times of social, political, and economic tumult. Lay Disciple Thomas Bruner explores the case for Buddhists speaking up about the issues of the day, and speaking up using the principles of Right Speech.

Thomas Koshin Bruner