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Dharma Discussion: Loving Speech and Deep Listening

posted Jul 6, 2013, 12:10 PM by Five Stones
Monday, July 8th, at the Corvallis Friends Meeting House, 3211 NW Polk.  5:30 to 7:00 PM.  We practice mindfulness to develop our concentration and insight.  Each week we share three meditations:  guided, walking (or movement) and formal sitting meditations.  This week we look carefully at the Fourth Mindfulness Training which helps us develop compassion and non-attachment to views, becoming more tolerant and open to different opinions, and to learning to speak with loving-kindness, inviting reconciliation and healing.   Bob will offer several readings and lead a discussion Monday, including relating this practice to historic and contemporary social and political situations.  

Loving Speech and Deep Listening

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations.  Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope.  When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak.  I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger.  I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person.  I will speak and listen in a way that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations.  I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord.  I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.