What Is Wise Speech Rooted In?

Wise Speech

Ethics and Spirituality

Wise speech is both an ethical and spiritual exploration. Committing ourselves to wise speech, we learn to listen inwardly to the words beneath the words. Attentive to the feelings, intentions, and thoughts beneath our words, we learn to cultivate the compassion, integrity, and kindness that bring harmony to our relationships and to our own mind.

Compassion and Integrity

Wise speech is rooted in compassion and integrity. It protects the people we speak to and protects our own heart from guilt and remorse. In learning to listen both outwardly and inwardly before we speak, we begin to appreciate the strength and fragility of the human heart.

Buddhist Path to Simplicity
The Buddhist Path to Simplicity

Christina Feldman

Philosophical Schools In Antiquity

Schools as Social Forces

Gathered around great philosophers in antiquity were schools, and schools were about training. Training, in turn, was about putting ideas into practice. Simple dialogue formulas and creative epigrams held the contours of a great teacher’s personality, but most importantly they defined the manner in which the philosophy was a lifestyle.

In antiquity, schools were not buildings but societies. They were social forces that defined the art of presence in the world.

Embracing the Human Jesus: A Wisdom Path for Contemporary Christianity
David Galston

Embracing the Human Jesus

Why Are Zen Paintings Done In Ink?

Zen Painting

Zen Philosophy

Zen paintings are an example of the philosophy that says the essence of Zen teaching cannot be put into written or spoken words.

True Beauty

Multiple colors aren’t used in Zen painting – only the single hue of the ink. This is because it’s believed that true beauty cannot be expressed through colors and that colors are an imperfect expression of the ineffability of beauty. Therefore, colors are avoided.

What You See

Depending on the viewer, the ink takes on various tints and layers. It is said that Zen painting uses ink to express all five colors – green, blue, yellow, purple, and red. An infinite range of colors can be found within ink’s hue. What you can see is not all there is.

The Art of Simple Living
The Art of Simple Living

Shunmyo Masuno

What Steps Can We Take To Experience Happiness?


Steps to Happiness

  1. Celebrate Your Talents, Gifts, and Strengths.
  2. Choose Thoughts that Attract Happiness and Health.
  3. Love Your Body Without Condition.
  4. Practice Gratitude.
  5. Celebrate Your Spirituality.
  6. Practice Forgiving Yourself and Others.
  7. Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.
  8. Keep and Cultivate Your Sense of Humor.
  9. Acknowledge and Embrace Your Mortality.
  10. Practice Self-Responsibility.

Happier You
Ten Simple Strategies for a Happier You: Changing the World From the Inside Out

Grace Terry

What Are The Benefits Of Living With Integrity?


How can we expect to deepen in understanding if we do not live an ethical life? Living without integrity, we endlessly create the conditions for unpleasant mind states and feelings to arise.

….U Pandita

A commitment to integrity is a commitment to living a life without residues, a life of loving kindness and freedom. Words, thought, and actions of loving kindness and integrity leave no trace of regret in our minds and hearts.

Buddhist Path to Simplicity
The Buddhist Path to Simplicity

Christina Feldman