Presented by

Shell Fischer

Recorded:
8/6/2018
Location:
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley
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Noble Eightfold Path, Talk 4: Right Speech

Eightfold Path: Right Speech

As the great monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu tells us: “If you can't control your mouth, there's no way you can hope to control your mind.” During this talk we begin to explore the sila (or virtue, moral conduct) section of the Noble 8-Fold Path, which is considered the foundation of the whole path, what it’s built upon. Without an essential grounding in sila, our practice can easily morph into a kind of self-improvement project … or, a type of self-serving practice that might help us to feel a little more calm or peaceful, but lacks the transformational aspects of ethical speech, action, and livelihood. And this 3rd spoke -- Right Speech -- is said to be where the practice of sila starts.