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Loving Speech

by Ratnaprabha (2017)

In a talk to the West London Buddhist Centre Sangha night, Ratnaprabha explains that skilful speech means speech that is fully aware of the other person, Martin Buber's 'I-thou' relationship rather than our usual 'I-it', which treats the other person as an object. He gives some specific recommendations for communicating effectively yet kindly. What's going on when we speak harshly, and is it ever justified?