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on behalf of Sakyadhita UK
Our monthly chats on zoom have been an hour's deep dive into the chosen topic and we have found them interesting, informative as well as insightful.
The next chat will be on Wednesday 20 October at 7.30pm
(UK time) on the topic of: Right Speech (from the Noble Eightfold Path and one of the five precepts for ethical conduct).
As always, the link for the Zoom room will be sent the day before via the mailing list.
During our last chat, this was mentioned by one of the guests and it seemed an obvious choice.
In a world of varying narratives and rhetoric, right speech can be something that trips us all from time to time.
There are posts on our Facebook page if you feel inclined to get the conversation going a little earlier. Below we are also sharing a few items to understand this a little further.
In the Tibetan Buddhist Encyclopedia
you will find an entry from our development group member Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes.
Also from Bodhicarini Upasika:
Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth)
In Theravada Buddhism there are two versions of the Eight Precepts: Atthangika Uposatha Sila (Eight Uposatha Precepts) and Ajivatthamaka Sila (Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth).
The Ajivatthamaka Sila builds upon the framework of Panca Sila (The Five Precepts). It expands the Fourth Precept of the Panca Sila (The Five Precepts) to specify the four types of wrong speech from which a lay disciple should abstain.
Ajivatthamaka Sila (The Eight Precepts with Right Livelihood as the Eighth)
1) Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from killing and injuring living beings
2) Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from taking that which is not given
3) Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from excessive sensuality
4) Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from false and harmful speech
5) Pisuna vaca veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from backbiting
6) Pharusa vaca veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from using harsh or abusive speech
7) Samphappalapa veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from useless or meaningless conversation
8) Micchajiva veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the Precept to refrain from wrong means of livelihood
You may also appreciate this article via Tricycle Magazine
Four excerpts on right speech from the suttas:
: summarises four things to give up - lying, divisive speech, harsh speech, and talking nonsense (frivolous chatter).
: examples of frivolous chatter
: ten topics of conversation
: gives advice about speaking what is factual (bhūtaṁ), true (tacchaṁ), and useful / connected to the goal (atthasaṁhitaṁ).
Venerable Bhikkhuni Kusuma 1929-2021
Venerable Bhikhuni Kusuma died aged 92 in August 2021.
Venerable Bhikkhuni Kusuma became the first Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni in 1000 years in
1996, when she received Bhikkhuni ordination in a dual ordination ceremony in
Sarnath India. She gave Dhamma talks and spoke at Conferences around the world.
She founded the Ayya Khema International Meditation Centre in Horana in Sri
Lanka. She was involved in Sakyadhita.
Bhikkhuni Kusuma was invited to Ketumati Buddhist Vihara [Manchester] in 2007.
She delivered a sermon on the Four Noble Truths on the evening of Friday 6th July
2007 at the Vihara premises and led a valuable day of mediation and Dhamma talks
at the Unitarian Chapel, Oldham on Saturday 7th July 2007. BGKT Buddhist group of Kendal (Theravada) participated at the Saturday event.
Photograph of Venerable Bhikkhuni Kusuma (first Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni in 1000
years) and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (first Bodhicari outside the
USA) 7.7.2007 at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara’s day of practice.
“Once again Bhikkhuni Kusuma visits Ketumati”, Ketumati Buddhist Vihara
[Manchester] Newsletter, (Spring and Summer 2007) page 12.
Link to further reading
Introducing another member of our development team
- Claralynn Nunamaker -
Currently my role in Sakyadhita UK is that of chair and webmaster. Long aware of obstacles to practice faced by women in Buddhism, I became a lifetime member of Sakyadhita International in 2003 and was enthusiastic about helping re-form the UK group in 2020.