Definition of Right Speech/Joop
- 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
/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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