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5 Minute Dharma


A weekly five-minute podcast that seeks to give people practical Buddhist wisdom for everyday life.

Jul 17, 2020

The Buddha said, “And what is right speech? Avoiding speech that’s false, divisive, harsh, or nonsensical. This is called right speech” (SN 45.8). The Buddha said, “Mendicants, speech that has five factors is well spoken, not poorly spoken. It’s blameless and is not criticized by sensible people. What five? It is speech that is timely, true, gentle, beneficial, and loving. Speech with these five factors is well spoken, not poorly spoken. It’s blameless and is not criticized by sensible people” (AN 5.198).