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Friday, February 5, 2010

Stop the Gossip

Part of Buddhism's "Noble Eightfold Path" is called "Right Speech."

One definition of right speech is to "abstain from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, and from idle chatter."

The one I want to talk about today is "divisive speech," and another word for that is "gossip."

Gossip can be a form of violence.

Here's one way to look at it: If you're not part of the problem, or part of the solution, and you're talking about it--that's gossip.

And don't forget: listening to gossip is as bad as repeating it.

So avoid listening to gossip. Don't repeat what you do hear. Check facts before passing information along, and only pass it along on a need-to-know basis.

Stop the gossip. You (and everyone around you) will be happier.

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