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What is Right Speech (samma vaca)

The Buddhist Channel, Jan 15, 2015

The Buddha divides right speech into four components: abstaining from false speech, abstaining from slanderous speech, abstaining from harsh speech, and abstaining from idle chatter. Because the effects of speech are not as immediately evident as those of bodily action, its importance and potential is easily overlooked.

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Towards a better me at a Buddhist retreat

by Cynthia Karena, Sydney Morning Herald, January 11, 2015

Melbourne, Australia -- The hardest thing about doing a month-long spiritual retreat is not the 6am starts but the inner journey, looking in the mirror at your inner self. And sometimes it's not a pretty reflection.

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Why Buddhist Teacher Pema Chödrön Says There's No Need For Self-Improvement

The Huffington Post, Dec 12, 2014

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of self-improvements, watch this "Super Soul Sunday" clip with world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Pema Chödrön. As one of the first Western women to be fully ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun, Chödrön teaches how ancient Buddhist principles apply to our modern lives.

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10 Steps to being a “Good” Convert Buddhist

by Justin Whitaker, Patheos.com, December 14, 2014

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Many people who have ‘shopped around’ to various Buddhist groups have encountered some uncomfortable moments, “obstacles”, what feels like weird rituals or stuffy dogmas, odd teacher-student relationships (subservience, etc), and so on.

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How Buddhist singing bowls inspired solar cell design

Cosmos, Dec 15, 2014

Sydney, Australia -- Close to two million homes in Australia have solar panels – they’re taking off! But we’d like to make them even more cost-effective by capturing more energy from the sunlight. One way to do that is to direct sunlight’s colours into different solar cell layers.

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