Idle Chatter

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Idle Chatter

Postby HumbleThinker » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:11 am

I'm sure this has been asked a million times, but I could not find an old thread with the search feature. I see in the Cunda Kammaraputta Sutta that it says:

"Abandoning idle chatter, he abstains from idle chatter. He speaks in season, speaks what is factual, what is in accordance with the goal, the Dhamma, & the Vinaya. He speaks words worth treasuring, seasonable, reasonable, circumscribed, connected with the goal."

However, I'm not exactly sure how this translates to practice in my everyday life. Any clarification on what idle speech is and what exactly I should be avoiding? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby plwk » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:01 am

Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby Jhana4 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:20 am

Going to Google and typing in "dhammawheel MySubject" has been very fast and accurate for me in finding old content on this board.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:51 am

Jhana4 wrote:Going to Google and typing in "dhammawheel MySubject" has been very fast and accurate for me in finding old content on this board.

Yep. Better than the "search" box on the board itself.

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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby Doshin » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:43 am

Jhana4 wrote:Going to Google and typing in "dhammawheel MySubject" has been very fast and accurate for me in finding old content on this board.


What about "site:dhammawheel.com MySubject" in google ? ;)

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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby Jhana4 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:37 pm

I haven't needed to do that
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby HumbleThinker » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:11 pm

Thanks for the assistance!
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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby pinkpadma » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:29 pm

My social circle is filled with young people who only know about christianity and most have never even heard of buddhism. So there is a distance between us because all they do is talk about beyonce and music videos while all i think and talk about is the damma. i wanna share the damma with them but my knowledge is limited and so there is always hesitation before i speak. How can i make Buddhism more easily accessible to them?
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Re: Idle Chatter

Postby thelotuseffect » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:52 pm

pinkpadma wrote:My social circle is filled with young people who only know about christianity and most have never even heard of buddhism. So there is a distance between us because all they do is talk about beyonce and music videos while all i think and talk about is the damma. i wanna share the damma with them but my knowledge is limited and so there is always hesitation before i speak. How can i make Buddhism more easily accessible to them?


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