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Only speak when spoken to


#1

To be an observer of the world is fully possible, silently observing every moment of our life, but when comming in contact with community there is a form of expectation that we should be social and speak a lot.

Being mindful of every word, thought and action we do, lead toward situations where it is better to keep silent then to utter words that can lead to suffering.

Do you find it difficult to be an observer and not a participant in daily life?


#2

Observe the participation in which one participates ?


#3

Observing the ongoing action words and thoughts of the world, to not directly take part and interfere the situation. what do i mean by this? Because we can not always seen the karmic relation in different aspect of other human beings life, it is wise to not interfere in actions that we do not know if relate to past karmic situation for those who experience it. But we would have compassion for what is going on in the world.

The most imortant is to be a part of the dhamma and behave in a way that dhamma teach us is a right way of behaving.


#4

What does this mean, for you?


#5

Is the Buddha’s teaching to be an observer rather than a participant in daily life?


#6

Samsara is a turning wheel and so it has momentum which draws beings in like a whirlpool, that’s why to combat it both mental and physical practice can never be passive but must be composed of active strategies; even when equanimity is appropriate to the conditions, it has an agenda of escape. Into the cycle of birth and death is woven the conventions of conversation, relationship and procreation to which are attached the expectations which are the energy manifestation of samsara. To break free of it, the beginning practitioner must exercise the effort to avoid by not engaging in conversation, and not putting themselves in those situations in the first place, by adjusting their lifestyle to one of detachment.
But the crossing to the further shore is made over the waves and currents of samsara, so use must be made of conditioned phenomena. One such example is the use of wilderness as a means to establish a peaceful state of mind. Wilderness is composed of cycles, birth and growth, decay and death, and the round of changing seasons, but it also creates peace in the human organism, so skillful use can be made of this effect to advance on the path once the preparatory protective mental conditions have been fulfilled (AN 10.99).