good acronym for remembering right speech?

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good acronym for remembering right speech?

Postby mynameisadahn » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:39 pm

I have been working on practicing right speech, which is really hit or miss for me at times. Importantly, I find it helpful to remember some of the specific phrases used in the suttas describing what is right/wrong speech.

In the last couple of weeks, I have tried using an acronym as a memory-device when walking around during the day, to help me evaluate what I'm saying, about to say/write, or just said/wrote. It isn't great but here it is -

BAN DIAL

Beneficial
Agreeable
and Not

Divisive
Immoderate
Angry
or a Lie

That was the best I could think of. The capital letters are the basis for the acronym. Do you have a better suggestion or approach?

Basically, it is very helpful for me to remember that wrong speech is not just a lie or speaking harshly, but also immoderate (not in accord with the dhamma, or worthy of recording) or divisive 'trying to divide those here from those over there' (however the suttas word that).
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Re: good acronym for remembering right speech?

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:16 pm

GANGNAM STYLE

Good
Agreeable
Non-divisive
Gentle
Nice
Acceptable time
Modest

Soft
Truthful
Yielding
Loving-kindness
Equanimity

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Re: good acronym for remembering right speech?

Postby perkele » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:30 pm

Sound
True
Friendly
Unassuming

STFU!
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Re: good acronym for remembering right speech?

Postby mynameisadahn » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:41 pm

awesome! I need to work on my funny acronyms, those are way better!
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Re: good acronym for remembering right speech?

Postby SarathW » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:29 am

David N. Snyder wrote:GANGNAM STYLE

Good
Agreeable
Non-divisive
Gentle
Nice
Acceptable time
Modest

Soft
Truthful
Yielding
Loving-kindness
Equanimity

:tongue:


This is cool. How did you do it?
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Re: good acronym for remembering right speech?

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:27 am

SarathW wrote:This is cool. How did you do it?


EASY

Effective
Appropriate
Sympathetic
Yielding

(It can be done with almost any word / acronym arrangement)
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Re: good acronym for remembering right speech?

Postby SarathW » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:00 pm

:thumbsup:
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