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The Ideal of Human Communication: Right Speech

by Sangharakshita

True language distinguishes humanity from the animals, and speech is accorded considerable spiritual significance in Buddhism. Sangharakshita explains the progressive path of truthful, affectionate, helpful, and harmonious speech, culminating in perfect human communication.

Talk given in 1968.

This talk is part of the series The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.

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1. Recapitulation of series (7:22) 
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2. The importance of speech (10:16) 
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3. Introduction to Perfect Speech (4:06) 
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4. Truthful speech (10:56) 
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5. Affectionate speech (5:29) 
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6. Useful and positive speech (5:55) 
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7. Harmonious speech (3:31) 
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8. In praise of silence (9:20) 


Total running time: 56:55

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