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abstain from gossip/idle chatter?

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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abstain from gossip/idle chatter?

Postby Cessation » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:37 pm

Can someone fill me in on the details on this precept for a lay-disciple? How do I know I'm going to far and breaking this precept?
:anjali:

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BlackBird
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Re: abstain from gossip/idle chatter?

Postby BlackBird » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:27 am

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: abstain from gossip/idle chatter?

Postby daverupa » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:34 am

There is such a thing as "courteous and amiable talk", one of the ways people would greet the Buddha, and which does not seem to invite censure. Drawing the line between this and idle speech seems to be a difficult task, but there is a place for sociability.

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Re: abstain from gossip/idle chatter?

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:41 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: abstain from gossip/idle chatter?

Postby Cessation » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:40 pm

Thanks everyone for your replies.

I like your quotes Bodom, I think I will try to follow that. :anjali:


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