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    Based on the comments so far, I started to read up on right view, right resolve, and right speech (again). Although the path is not linear and significant parallel implementation of the eight “steps” is involved, I still felt that right speech was somehow more tractable so I was focusing on that. But based on my reading, particularly MN 58,
    http://https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.058.than.html
    if the criteria for when to speak (six points in the sutta) was really implemented, it would make more than 90% of conversations not advisable and replaced by silence! It is particularly difficult in modern work settings. Yet, it is clear that the criteria are very sensible and would also eliminate most commonly occuring problems and conflicts. So now I am trying to see if there is some middle ground within this “step” itself for the practicalities of modern lifestyle. Any ideas are welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trusolo
    .... I still felt that right speech was somehow more tractable so I was focusing on that. But based on my reading, particularly MN 58,
    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipi....058.than.html
    If the criteria for when to speak (six points in the sutta) was really implemented, it would make more than 90% of conversations not advisable and replaced by silence! It is particularly difficult in modern work settings. Yet, it is clear that the criteria are very sensible and would also eliminate most commonly occuring problems and conflicts. So now I am trying to see if there is some middle ground within this “step” itself for the practicalities of modern lifestyle. Any ideas are welcome.
    Hello and good morning, Trusolo

    puttng on my moderator's hat for a moment....I think it would be a good idea if you created "What is Right Speech?" as a different topic to this one, please, otherwise it looks as though it might veer off in a different direction .

    Many thanks.

    (More about The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path can be found in this little book by Ajahn Sumedho at the link below)

    https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-boo...-noble-truths/

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    Returning to the main topic of "What is Buddhist Enlightenment "again, Ajahn Sucitto observes in his book "Meditation, A Way of Awakening":


    So meditation is not a matter of trying to get somewhere or become something, but of Awakening to a purity that is a potential with which we’ve lost touch.

    As that purity is fully revealed, it is freed from obscuration; being freed, it does not depend on this or that. Eventually it doesn’t even depend on a Path: the Path leads to its own transcending.

    https://forestsangha.org/teachings/b...nguage=English

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