Introduction: Right Speech in the Eightfold Path
Buddhism emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom, ethical conduct, and mental discipline. One of the core teachings that encompasses these principles is the Noble Eightfold Path, a guide to ethical and mental development leading to enlightenment and cessation of suffering.
Within this Eightfold Path, “Right Speech” (Samma Vaca) is an essential aspect of ethical conduct. It represents the commitment to speak truthfully, kindly, and helpfully. The Buddha emphasized that words have the power to heal or harm, to uplift or destroy, making it vital to choose them with care.