Insight Dialogue

I never thought of this.

“The Basics of moral communication are straight forward:  abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech and from idle chatter.  Speech should also be true, useful, spoken at the proper time, and spoken with lovingkindness.”

I never thought of “Moral Communication.”  In other words, to speak lies, to talk down to someone, to intimidate someone with your speech, to manipulate someone by what you say… is IMMORAL.

The three moral components of Buddhism’s eightfold path–wise speech, wise action, and wise living.  Unwise speech, therefore, is immoral.  It really makes me reconsider what comes out of my mouth!

This is taken from Insight Dialogue.  It was in my files.  I think i got it from the sangha group at the Unitarian church in Iowa City.  It’s come at the right time.

Alone in my room i am the most enlightened, knowledgeable wonderful person.  But put me with another human being or a group of human beings and….. well, it all breaks down.

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditatin practice, bringing mindfulness and tranquility of silent meditation directly into our experience with other people.

…. suffering has interpersonal components:  separation from people you love, being with people who irritate you, unsatisfied longings.  Interpersonal suffering is an important aspect of all suffering.  The hungers for pleasure in relationships, to be seen or admired by others, and to hide or escape– these are all causes of suffering, which is then sustained by confusion and habit.

Release from interpsersonal suffering is possible…

Good stuff, eh?  If the quality of your life is based on the quality of your relationships.  And if you, like me, suffer from social anxiety or any kind of anxiety.  If fulfilling relationships elude you, then, this instruction into and Insight Dialogue practice might be useful.



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