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Vishvapani leads Tricycle retreat on ‘Right Communication’

On Sat, 20 October, 2012 - 06:01
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Vishvapani - well known in Triratna for his BBC Radio 4 ‘Thoughts for the Day’- and Wise Attention blog - writes with news of an online retreat he’s leading for the leading Buddhist magazine Tricycle.

Tricycle say “In this retreat, Vishvapani Blomfield, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, explores the concept of “right communication.” The Buddha, Vishvapani says, emphasized the importance of practicing Right Speech on the Eightfold Path. But then again, the Buddha wasn’t on Twitter. In this day and age, we’re constantly communicating, not only through face-to-face interactions but also through texting, emailing, Skyping, Tweeting, and Facebooking. It’s difficult enough to apply Right Speech in a conversation with a friend. But how do we do it over text? Via email? On Facebook?”

Tricycle is an American magazine and they add “During this election cycle, as the American public collectively engages in heated political discussions, practicing Right Speech is more important than ever. Throughout the retreat, Vishvapani shows us how to engage in Right Speech by asking ourselves, no matter what the medium: Is it truthful? Is it effective? Is it beneficial? Is it kind? Speech, Vishvapani tells us, is a central part of being human—it’s what connects us to the people we surround ourselves with. When practiced wisely, Right Speech can have powerful and transforming effects and allow us to express true wisdom and compassion”.

Vishvapani adds- “I’m recording four video talks on the theme, which will focus on each of the dimensions of communication that Buddhism identifies: truthful, kindly, helpful and harmonious speech. I’ll also post accompanying texts and participate in online discussions. You are welcome to join me there! With Metta, Vishvapani”

The first of the four talks, Communicating with Truthfulness, is available from Tricycle in full and for free, to access the others beyond the previews you’ll need to become a Tricycle member.


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