What if you gave your full, thoughtful attention to the words you said-or texted, or emailed? In What Would Buddha Say?, best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer presents 1,501 mindful communication tips based on the Buddhist concept of Right Speech-a belief that what you say can greatly affect your happiness.
Poor communication lies at the heart of most relationship problems. Everyone wants to be heard, to be understood, and to be treated with respect. But in our digital age of texting and social media, it's easy to distance ourselves from the words we put out into the world, and many times, we may not be aware of the negative impact our words can have on people, whether they are our friends, family, or coworkers.
This is where the concept of Right Speech comes in. An important part of the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path, Right Speech is the philosophy that what you say can positively or negatively impact your life, as well as the lives of those around you. Speech to avoid includes divisive speech, abusive speech, lies, and idle gossip. In addition, most of what we say fails to convey what we really mean in our hearts.
With this book as your guide, you'll learn thousands of tips to help you speak your truth, say what you really mean in your heart, improve all of your relationships, and choose your words wisely and conscientiously in every situation.
Reviews and Endorsements:
"Our words can harm or heal, notes Barbara Ann Kipfer in this comprehensive guide to Right Speech, one of the elements in Buddha's Eightfold Path to enlightenment. With wisdom, wit, and sensitivity, she offers hundreds of simple, practical teachings designed to make the transformative practice of mindful communication a habit-in the old-fashioned way, through conversation, as well as in the modern world of texting, emails, and social media." - Carol Krucoff, E-RYT , yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine and author of several books, including Yoga Sparks
"What Would Buddha Say? provides a fantastic blueprint for speaking to others with kindness, compassion, consideration, and respect. If we all followed Barbara Ann Kipfer's advice, we'd hurt each other less, help each other more, and say fewer things we regret." - Lori Deschene , founder of tinybuddha.com and author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions and Tiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself
"Kipfer brings us a companion brimming with reminders to speak authentically and from the heart, as if we had a tiny friend in our pocket who occasionally pulled at our sleeve to ask, What Would Buddha Say? In these days, when we cannot trust so much of what our eyes show us or the words that reach our ears, her book presses the reset button, reminding us the truth begins first in how we speak to ourselves." - Kimber Simpkins , yoga teacher and author of Full
"Even a cursory glance at this quality material and application of some of the sayings would make for a more peaceful planet." - Library Journal Xpress Review "
About the Author:
Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD, is a lexicographer and Buddhist scholar with an MA and PhD in Buddhist Studies, an MPhil and PhD in Linguistics, and a PhD in Archaeology. She has authored more than sixty books, including the best-selling 14,000 Things to Be Happy About , as well as The Wish List , Instant Karma , 8,789 Words of Wisdom , Self-Meditation , and What Would Buddha Say? Visit her online at www.thingstobehappyabout.com. Marc Lesser is the CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (http://siyli.org). He is author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself and Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less.