Samma Vaca, aka: Right Speech; 3 Definition(s)

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Part of the Sobhana Cetasikas. Samma vaca is right speech.It helps citta not to tell bad speech like telling lies, saying bad words or rough words or rude words, telling non sense tales, telling divisive speech. It is a kind of inhibition. It focuses on verbal actions or speech unlike samma kammanta.

Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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The third of Eightfold Path, abstaining from lying, slander/back biting, abuse/harsh words and idle talk.Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary

Right Speech means that if we are not aware—as normally we are not—then we don’t know what we are saying or doing. Inadver­tently, we indulge in all kinds of negative forms of speech such as lying, backbiting, haughty speech, and gossip. It is important to be­come aware of our speech, because what we say and how we say it have a direct influence on the kind of person we become. If we are always using harsh words, then we naturally become very aggressive.

Source: Shambala Publications: General

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