Zencast 186 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.5of7, Gil Fronsdal

Speaks on what is possible with right speech, using your imagination to envision what is possible for us as individuals and your relationships with other people. Can one speak in a way that allows you and others do develop? Is there a way to speak so that there is more harmony between individuals and the community as a whole?

In any case I’ll let you listen to this Zencast and make of it what you will, as always your comments are welcome.



Zencast 185 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.4of7, Gil Fronsdal

In this episode Gil begins to talk on the ethics of right speech, this episode is more focused on what to avoid as opposed to what to act on. Gil then goes over some of the different ethics: taking care of yourself, minimizing harm for others, etc.

One of the more interesting precepts with regard to taking care of yourself is to be mindful that you never lie. This precept in particular I take a great personal interest; I’ve been especially mindful of this in the last year of my life. Telling even what seem to be harmless or little lies can definitely come back to bite you when you are most unexpected. If one is truly mindful and aware of their speech one would never lie, not even the little lies.

One of my favorite stories that Gil gives in this episode with regard to lying is that even in the society of the Devil the one precept that they follow is that there is no lying. He then explains that even in a society such as the Devil’s there needs to be a level of truth otherwise even that society wouldn’t function.

Ah yes… the truth shall set you free indeed.

In any case I’ll let you listen to this Zencast and make of it what you will, as always your comments are welcome.



Zencast 184 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.3of7, Gil Fronsdal

Welcome to number 3 of 7 in this Zencast series on mindfulness of speaking with Gil Fronsdal.

The focus of this talk is on the dangers and opportunities in speech. The idea is quite simple, if one can understand the range of opportunities and dangers in speaking then perhaps one will find it easier to communicate others. It is also pointed out that how someone speaks is a good indicator of how someone feels about themselves.

In this talk Gil says a wise person avoids what is harmful to ones self and others, a wise person engages in what is beneficial for ones self and other people. This may seem like common sense to a lot of people but when it comes to speaking a lot of the times we forget how harmful words can be.

It seems as though a wise person is someone that understands clearly what it is that causes harm and what it is that is beneficial when speaking. This understanding and awareness of ones speech brings about a wonderful ability to communicate from a place of clarity and compassion.

Enjoy the Zecast as always feel free to leave comments or ask questions.



Zencast 183 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.2of7, Gil Fronsdal

Here is the second audio Zencast on the topic of mindfulness of speaking. This particular chapter in the 7 part series is probably my favorite.

Gil starts of the conversation by reminding us that right speech requires awareness and mindfulness. He then goes even further and asks that you acknowledge the relationship between you and the person you are talking to. If you examine closely you can see that there are 3 parts to your relationship. First there is you, secondly there is the other person to whom you are speaking and lastly there is a third entity which is the actual ‘relationship’ between the both of you.

Both people have their wants, needs and agendas but if you are mindful of this then the health and vitality of the relationship can thrive because you are aware that your individual needs aren’t always what is best for the relationship.

Later Gil also asks you to look at why you say the things you do, what are your intentions? From the simple and mundane statements you make throughout the day to the more intimate conversations if you can look at why you said what you said closely and with care it will bring light to your intentions.

Gil gives a wonderful example of someone telling their friends that they found this great new restaurant and they had the most wonderful dinner. Gil then suggest perhaps if you were the person in the example there could be several reasons why you said it. Perhaps you just wanted to share the information with your friends or perhaps if you go deeper and examine it, maybe it was your intention to point out sub-consciously that YOU are a good picker of restaurants and YOU are very good at this.

The example is a bit silly but I’ve applied this practice to my own life and I can tell you first hand that if you examine why you say the things you do, you’ll find out a great deal about yourself. We’re all a bit silly!

Enjoy the Zecast as always feel free to leave comments or ask questions.



Zencast 182 – Mindfulness of Speaking Pt.1of7, Gil Fronsdal

Gil Frosdal begins this 7 part series on the topic mindfulness of speaking. Gil starts off by sharing some personal stories from his life to illustrate the effects of speech. He points out that sometimes one can say something they didn’t mean to say and those effects will last for a great deal of time, perhaps longer than anticipated. If you consider this then its fair to say that being mindful of what you say is very important so that you don’t say something that you will regret.

We’ve all been involved in heated debates, arguments or conversations and we’ve all probably said things to others that we later regret.

Wouldn’t it be nice to never say something you’d regret again?

After listening to this entire series on mindful speaking I’m confident that with practice and mindfulness it is possible to speak in a way that you are in control 100% of the time. The mindfulness that is required to manifest ‘right speech’ takes awareness and practice, equally listening is just as important.

One of the most helpful tips I got from this first audio lecture is to pause before you speak. Something as simple as this allows you time to gather your thoughts and compose yourself so when you do speak you speak from the heart and with compassion.

With that said I’ll leave you to the audio lecture. Please to comment if you have questions or would like to share stories of your own with regard to the topic.

Peace,



Zencast 196 – The Light That Reveals

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Christopher Titmuss gives a powerful and insightful 30 minute lecture that will surely keep your attention. At the end of the lecture I had to go back and listen again and again to certain parts to grasp fully what was said. I really like how he draws the comparison between the consciousness and the objects we cling to and identify with. At one point the question is asked, what is it to become a better person? He so eloquently points out that becoming a better person has to do with having a better relationship with the objects.

The objects vary from person to person, there are billions of different objects… which ones do you identify with? Even if you’re a “serious” person who meditates if you look at it closely enough your object might become the breathe or yoga, these things are nice but still they are objects. One of my favorite lines from this podcast is the following excerpt.

Surely the wonder of life, the majesty and the magnificence of it is not the object. Its the capacity of consciousness to shed light on it. The fact that consciousness exists and abides on this earth and it has the function to reveal, and without the consciousness it can’t reveal what we call sight, sounds, smells, taste, touch, it can’t reveal feelings, thoughts, moods. Unless there is a consciousness to reveal it. So what is revealed is brought together, is harmonized its comes together not because the objects are so different but because they meet somewhere… and the meeting place is consciousness.

So what’s our huge error as a human being? We’ve misplaced the appropriate place of attention, the appropriate place of interest and we’ve put it on the object and we have forgotten to an enormous cost because it inhibits our enlightenment. We have forgotten that its not the object which matters its not the revealed that is significant its my god… this is which is revealing.

Please have a listen and let me know what you think I’d definitely be interested in a discussion on this topic.

Peace,
~ Echo