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What are good words?

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Have you ever been hurt by other persons’ words? If you have such experience, you may agree with the proverb “Words cut more than swords”.  

As an ordinary human being, I sometimes have been hurt by other persons’ words. I have learnt how words could hurt so much. And I think this world will be more beautiful if everyone speaks to other persons more carefully. (I also have to warn myself to speak to others carefully.)

In Buddhism, the good words are:

  • words at the right time, 
  • true words,
  • gentle and polite words,
  • useful words,
  • words that you say because you have good intention ie you want to sincerly give advise to listener or want listener to be happy.

They are five essential components of good words. We have to think about these five components. If we see the lacking of any component, it should be better to keep silent instead of speaking any words.

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal.
When words are both true and kind,
they can change our world.” — Buddha

Source of Quote: Liberty-tree.ca

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Karma 
“All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states.” – Buddha

Source: Buddhanet

Have you ever had these questions?

  • Why are some people rich, but some are poor?
  • Why are some people very smart, but some are dumb?
  • Why are some people beautiful/handsome, but some are not?
  • Why are some people successful, but some are fail?
  • And other similar questions…..

One of the Buddhist basic and important concepts is “Karma”. Karma is the law of cause and effect. The law of  Karma is the answer of the above questions.  The meaning of Karma is “action”. Everyone depends on what we act in the past and present. I remember an English proverb saying “As you sow, so shall you reap”, which means you must bear all of the results of your actions and take responsibility for them even if they are unpleasant to yourself.

There are four kinds of Karma.
1. Black karma having black result  – you do good things, then you receive good things
2. White karma having white result –  you do bad things, then you receive bad things
3. Black-and-white karma having back-and-white result –  you do both good and bad things at the same time, then you receive both good and bad things
4. Neither black nor white karma having neither black nor white result – this kind of karma leads us to cessation of both bad and good karma. It is to make an end of greed, hatred, and delusion.  

Though Karma is a basic concept, it is quite complicate. I always heard people said “It’s unfair. Why are bad people, who have done bad things still be happy and rich? But the ones, who have done many good things, are suffering.”.

Well, it is fair. Sometime Karma takes short time to return the feedback but in many cases it takes a long time or very long time.

To study further about karma, I recommend you to read a book named “Karma” or “Karma for today’s traveler” by Phra Bhasakorn Bhavilai with David Freyer. This book explains karma in both scientific and Buddhist ways.

From the excerpt: 

“We are all travelers on a long, amazing journey through a universe that is never still. It is a journey filled with danger and opportunity. Each one of us has the freewill to choose our direction. And each of us is responsible for all of our actions.

Our mind is the key. Like it or not, ready or not, our mind is always creating, affecting our world and ourselves, affecting our present and our future. If we use our mind wisely, with compassion for other living beings, its tremendous power can bring more joy, success, freedom, and happiness into our lives. To do this we need to understand how our mind works; how our intentions and actions affect our internal and external worlds. We need to understand karma.”

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