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When interacting with others, “right speech” is spiritual practice.

The natural world is full of all kinds of sounds and rhythms. There are melodious tunes as well as annoying sounds. Inappropriate words are often the source of afflictions which is why in Buddhism we are asked to “speak less and recite the Buddha’s name more”. Do not lie, do not speak negatively, do not say hurtful words, do not speak threatening words. When interacting with others, “right speech” is spiritual practice. To praise others is a kind of generosity.

– Venerable Fazhao

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