Study Session: Right Speech and Mindful Communication

  • 01 Aug 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Chamblee
  • 12

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Study Session: Right Speech and Mindful Communication

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

The Buddha taught that paying attention to how we express ourselves verbally is an essential part of 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. Right speech is also the third component the Buddha’s very first teaching on the Noble Eight-Fold Path.

Right speech is 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. It can also trigger defensiveness and confusion. The same is true for internal self-talk.  By repeatedly examining what we say and how we say it, we can recognize and practice 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. 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, and co-meditation. Please plan to attend the entire 2 ½ hours of the study session.

When: Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Sign in opens at 9:00.

Where: Zoom. A link will be provided to registered participants.

A Bit about Zoom

Managing “Zoom fatigue” is part of learning how to communicate with heart though a technical interface. The study session is safe non-judgmental opportunity to practice speech within the new and sometimes awkward environment of video conferencing.

Planning ahead to make sure your system is compatible with Zoom will improve your experience and help other participants connect with you. We will use the video and audio features in gallery view for group discussion and the breakout room feature to pair-up for co-meditation. Go to

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201179966-System-requirements-for-iOS-iPadOS-and-Android

to see the system requirements for these features. You can check your system bandwidth at www.speedtest.net.

Registrants can look for an email sometime in the next few weeks with instructions on how to download the study materials, a description of the optional co-meditation activity, and how to set up Zoom before the study session.

Feel free to log in to the study session early. It’s a great time to visit and to ensure that your video and audio are working properly before the session begins. 


When: Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sign in opens at 9:00

Where: Zoom. A link will be provided to registered participants.

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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