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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fourth Mindfulness Training

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am determined to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. 

I will not spread news that I do not know to be certain and will not criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or community to break. I am determined to make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

Article excerpt by: Ian Prattis. Ian  is a Dharmacharya in the Engaged Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.He gives talks and retreats in Europe, India, North and South America and is the author of “The Essential Spiral: Ecology and Consciousness After 9/11.” Ian is the resident teacher at Pine Gate Sangha in the west end of Ottawa.


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