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Definition of Right Speech/Joop

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    Hi, Joop - With regard to skillful means and the alleged possibility of that including false but useful statements, there are the following two excerpts:
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      Hi, Joop -

      With regard to "skillful means" and the alleged possibility of that
      including "false but useful" statements, there are the following two excerpts:

      "And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from
      abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech."— SN XLV.8

      "Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken.
      It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?
      "It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken
      affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will."— AN
      V.198

      With metta,
      Howard





      /Thus is how ye shall see all this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble
      in a stream, a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a
      phantom, and a dream./            (From the Diamond Sutra)












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