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December 02, 2010

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Ben Howard

"Indeed, falsely sweet words may constitute one of the most dangerous abuses of human trust."

Thanks for this potent insight.

bob

I could be wrong (I generally am), but I read that Dogen said; Unless absolutely necessary don't speak.
St. Francis also told his men that they should go into the village, and preform generous acts, but not to try and convert or speak to the people. He said people should judge us by our acts; not our words.

Suzanne Foxton

I'm all for speaking as little as possible. Keeps me out of trouble!

Barry Briggs

I've always been fond of Katagiri Roshi's book: "You Have to Say Something."

Silence can be as abusive as speech, and can break trust just as easily. How do we speak to the heart - that's the point.

jeffs

Thank you Barry,
It's easy in this practice to refrain from standing up and saying good things out of fear of upsetting someone.

Steve

How could he tell Muzhou was a thief from a gate closing on his foot? What did Muzhou steal?

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