It is May 1st today. I can't believe how time flies. I'm sending this "Sunday" message one day early because I won't have internet service tomorrow. Amazing how much we rely on the internet now.
Watching news coverage, reading news articles, social media and experiencing everyday life, we encounter negative and hateful speech. I came across a lesson from the Buddha is our Teacher book today. It's titled, "Words are Weapons." Here is what it says:
Have you ever said something mean to a friend in an argument? If you said something mean, I bet your friend said something mean in return.
When you get in an argument, your words hurt not only yourself but also those nearby. If you hit someone, they will likely hit you back. The same is true for arguments. If you hurt someone with your words, they will say something that hurts you in return. It's important to avoid hurtful words, and instead, always be kind when speaking to others.
I know there are times when we feel hurt and lash out at someone. Hard as it is, we still need to try not to use hateful words. It is said that Buddhism teaches that purity of the heart is equal to purity of speech.
You should not speak harshly to anyone.
Those who are spoken to harshly
would answer back in the same harsh way.
Angry words are painful, so they would come back to you as revenge.