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Does downvoting an answer qualify as divisive and harsh speech?

Divisive speech is speech that sets people up against each other. Divisive speech sows the seeds of conflict and suffering. A typical example of divisive speech is telling one person or group of ...
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

The answer to this comes in the Kesi Sutta: As he was sitting there, the Blessed One said to him: "You, Kesi, are a trained man, a trainer of tamable horses. And how do you train a tamable ...
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What is the Karmic Effect of Harsh Speech?

The mind & body is disturbed, with agitation & stress ('hell'). Friends may be lost or social status (such as a job) may be lost, which results in deficiency & need ('hungry ghost'). ...
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Ignoring Someone as Wrongful Speech

As a Buddhist, your boundaries & conduct in relationship should be clearly communicated. Just be honest with her.
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Does downvoting an answer qualify as divisive and harsh speech?

The purpose of upvoting and downvoting answers on this site is to give the community the chance to determine the quality of the answers. So, the better the answer (in terms of being on-topic, correct, ...
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Can an objective criticism of somebodies work, which might hurt feelings, violate 'Right Speech' precept?

MN58 Abhaya Sutta: (1) In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual/untrue, unbeneficial, and unendearing/disagreeable [i.e. painful - AV] to others -- he does not say them. (...
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

The Pali word for "harsh" may be pharusa. According to the dictionary it's used figuratively, and its meanings include "cruel". As pointed out in a comment the most important question maybe isn't ...
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Can an objective criticism of somebodies work, which might hurt feelings, violate 'Right Speech' precept?

Potaliya, four kinds of people exist and can be found in the world. What four kinds? The four kinds are: Some people blame those who should be blamed, according to the truth, at the proper ...
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Is actively reporting wrongdoing considered divisive speech?

Apparently, according to the commentary on rule number 3 of the Pācittiya section of the Pāṭimokkha, one of the defining characteristics of divisive speech is that one has to have the intention of ...
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Question on Divisive Speech

Perhaps, according to Buddhism and modern psychology, it isn't helpful to "speak about it to someone to let off steam". If you are in some abusive relationship, then doing something about it ...
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If someone insults you what should you do?

Notice that when you are reacting to something you are always assuming a self. An ego. So this could be a reaction to anything from the outside, not just insults. For example, if someone praises me, I ...
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If someone insults you what should you do?

There are basically two ways to aproach everything. Two approaches to truth. Someone could answer this question and say, "If someone insults you then do X" I will try to answer more like, "Do X, ...
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If someone insults you what should you do?

Well actually your question has 2 different aspects,so does the Buddhism. They are 'laukika' and 'lokottara'. The excellency of Buddhism always goes with its 'lokottara' content, where the path to ...
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How irony and sarcasm are seen in Buddhism?

Buddha himself his speech was full of irony and sarcasm, its all over the pages I have read in the Chinese Classical Sutras. I can recall easily some from my memory: When criticizing those who ...
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Is exposing immoral behavior divisive speech?

I'd answer by referencing the Vinaya. Not because journalists are bound by the Vinaya; nor because the Vinaya is intended to regulate the behaviour of lay society; but because I find it instructive (&...
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Buddhism and political correctness

Political correctness is obviously false speech. False speech is defined as follows: If he doesn't know, he says, 'I know.' If he does know, he says, 'I don't know.' If he hasn't seen, he says, 'I ...
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Is it ok for a Buddhist to participate in a demonstration?

To demonstrate... in regard of doing ways of Demon, straight Protesting in such ways requires wrong, absence of right view, demanding, claiming for one/his, ingratitude: There is the case where a ...
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What is idle chatter?

Right speech is 1. Speech about Dhamma 2. Practical speech about matters of living Everything else is idle chatter. Examples are speech about wealth, women, men, the lottery, politics, religion,...
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Pitfalls of answers: what are effects of answers having be received, yet knowing they where wrong?

Some of the thoughts that came to mind when you asked this question include: Be careful when you speak -- don't represent uncertainty as certainty. If someone tells you, "there is the secure way ...
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Delayed speech as right speech

There's the story of The Weaver's Daughter from a Dhammapada commentary, where the Teacher delays talking ... The people of Alavi waited upon the Teacher and provided him with food, and when the ...
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Delayed speech as right speech

In the Abhaya Sutta (MN58), the Buddha taught: (1) In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial (or: not connected with the goal), unendearing & ...
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

MN 58: In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, true, beneficial, but unendearing & disagreeable to others, he has a sense of the proper time for saying them. When is the ...
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Does 'right speech' prohibit expressions which "hate" anything at all?

Here on Access to Insight there's a anthology of descriptions of right speech speech from the Pali suttas: Right Speech samma vaca IMO something like, "It is spoken with a mind of good-will", or "...
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Is all lying considered to be 'unwholesome'?

Sutta. Ma. Ma. cūḷarāhulovādasuttaṃ: "In the same way, Rahula, when anyone feels no shame in telling a deliberate lie, there is no evil, I tell you, he will not do. Thus, Rahula, you should ...
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Ignoring Someone as Wrongful Speech

There;s a sutta called "Insult" or "Abuse" i.e. SN 7.2. I read that as the Buddha not being involved and not becoming involved in wrong speech. In the sutta the "wrong speech" was abuse (hostility) --...
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Punk-Dhamma: Being intolerant to perceived intolerance - wrong view according to Dhamma?

DN 31 says: On what four grounds do they not do bad deeds? One does bad deeds prejudiced by favoritism, hostility, stupidity, and cowardice. When a noble disciple is not prejudiced by favoritism, ...
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Social Media and Right Speech

The conditioning main component of speech is thinking and pondering. Thinking and pondering are verbal formation. Cūla Vedalla Sutta So I believe regardless of if you speak it or write it the ...
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Social Media and Right Speech

In the Buddha's time, people would still have communicated remotely through envoys. Social media is much like writing a letter to someone, except that receiving the information is instantaneous (hence,...
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Venting and Right Speech

"And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech." — SN 45.8 Right Speech Venting may fall ...
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