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Fake speech and news undermine our democracies. Today, many are struggling to discriminate between informed debate and misinformation spread through social media. Based on the Early Buddhist Texts, this session will focus on actions taken by the Buddha to highlight the pivotal role of “right speech” in our daily lives. During his time, as now, debates and discussion were common place within and between among contemporary ascetics and contemplative communities. Sometimes, these inter-actions were fierce and fearful. In many discourses, the Buddha urged his followers to abstain from false and harsh speech and gossip and only speak from their experiences.
Time: 23rd March 2.00-4.00
Place: online by Zoom
Cost: £15 (carries 2hrs credit for students registered on Ten Directions training in ecotherapy)
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Don de Silva is an environmentalist, journalist, author, Buddhist Chaplain, and trainer. He worked as a senior official with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and implemented effective global media campaigns to create awareness about sustainable development and has participated in creating new forms of environmental diplomacy. A certified mindfulness trainer, he focusses on the Buddhist foundations of mindfulness, particularly its relevance to sustainable living. Presently a university mentor, he has worked in chaplaincy, delivering sessions on areas, such as mindfulness and confidence building, reducing stress and anxiety, mindful learning and speaking. Through the Tariki Buddhist Therapists Forum, he has delivered sessions on faith, environment and justice; responding to climate change and COVID 19; and Buddhism and Action..
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