1. Right Speech: What I Say

The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide - Geoffrey Hunt

Geoffrey Hunt [+-]
University of Surrey
Geoffrey Hunt is Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Surrey, UK. He is now Visiting Professor in Buddhist Ethics at the same university where, before retirement, he was Full Professor in Philosophy of Care, and taught and researched mainly in the field of healthcare and bioethics. From 2008 to 2014 he worked on ethical aspects of nanotechnology for scientific projects of the European Commission. In 2002 he founded, and continues to lead, the lay movement New Buddha Way www.newbuddhaway.org in Surrey, UK.

He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.

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We generally pay little here-and-now attention to the assumptions and intentions underlying our speech. The Buddha analyses speech with his aim of understanding how we fail to see the Path and how, seeing it, it can lead us to peace. The Buddha distinguished between skilful speech and unskilful speech. That is, between the ignorant speaking that springs from our craving, clinging and our rejecting and the wise speaking that springs from letting go of that triumvirate in favour of compassion, generosity and gratitude. Speaking, we discover, is a manifestation of the ontology (the structure of reality) of ‘I-me-mine’ – which is ultimately where the trouble and the solution lie. With Right Speech we have started the path to uncovering the self.

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Hunt, Geoffrey. 1. Right Speech: What I Say. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39387. Date accessed: 25 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39387. Jul 2020

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