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Citta and Right Speech: Cultivating the Voice of Kindness and Wisdom

With Dave Smith recorded on July 31, 2022.

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Dharma practice encourages us to transform our thoughts, words and actions. The primary mechanism for how this is accomplished is vague. What often goes unnoticed is that the use of the term mind has undergone a radical psychologization from the time of the Buddha into present day. During this session we will explore the many nuances of the pali term citta and how it can be utilized as a voice for personal and global transformation.

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Samten Dorje
Samten Dorje
4 months ago

Excellent and inspiring, as expected. Just want to add; the Buddha experienced monkeys first hand. I think the term “monkey mind” may be misunderstood by current westerners. Monkeys don’t “jump from one thing to the next” pointlessly. They are searching for food, looking for stimulation, etc., and when satisfied they lay around, sleep, or groom each other and socialize. All done without mindful purpose, but purposefully nonetheless, from the position of monkey culture. I think a better term would be “bored monkey mind” and we should recognize that the best way to settle down a monkey’s mind is to provide it with “right activity”. A little food for thought.

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