Study Session: Right Speech and Mindful Communication

  • 04 Apr 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Chamblee
  • 13

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Study Session: Right Speech and Mindful Communication

“And what is right speech?” asked the Buddha in the Discourse for Mindfulness Meditation. “Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, and from idle chatter. This is called right speech.”

In this session, we'll examine and practice the Buddha's teachings on Right Speech. The Buddha taught that paying attention to how we express ourselves verbally is an essential part of the practice. Right speech is one of the Five Precepts (vows) for ethical conduct that we renew each month as part of our service at Red Clay Sangha, and an important step on the Buddha’s Noble Eight-Fold Path.

Right speech is also a powerful place for day-to-day practice. We can do it anytime, anyplace, and with anyone. Our speech can convey love and connection with others. Alternatively, it can trigger defensiveness and misunderstanding. The same is true for internal self-talk. By repeatedly examining what we say, we can recognize speech that brings connection and reconciliation.

This study session will look at ways to bring the Buddha’s prescription for right speech into daily practice. We will be reading and discussing several short teachings of the Buddha and Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Training on Loving Speech and Deep Listening. We will look at how right speech connects with, supports, and is supported by other aspects of Buddhist practice.

A study guide will be provided. We will take turns reading, sharing, and listening using the guidelines set out in the teachings. There will be lots of opportunities to practice with right speech through discussions, questions and answers, individual reflection and interpersonal meditations.

Please plan to stay for the entire study session.


When: Saturday, April 4th, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How: The session is free and a free simple vegetarian lunch and snacks will be provided.

Where: The Red Clay Sangha at 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341

About the Study Session Leader

Katie Rhodes is a Buddhist practitioner primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She is a clinical social worker in private practice. She has training in communication skills development, mediation and non-violent communication.

Questions? Please email Katie Rhodes.

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