(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
TO COMMENT ON OTHERS BEHIND THEIR BACK IS A SERIOUS KARMA OF SPEECH
Caller: Master Lu, you mentioned that “One is half way to achieving Buddhahood when he is able to guard himself from creating karma of speech”. May I ask if karma of speech includes making comments about others behind their back?
Master Jun Hong Lu: That’s for sure.
Caller: So, it means, regardless of whether the other party is in the right or wrong, we shouldn’t make judgements about them, is that right?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Unless your intention is to help him, only then you can make a comment about them. Otherwise, if you do so, you are generating negative energy. If your intention is to help him and you talk to him face-to-face, this is positive energy, and as such it is not considered as creating karma of speech. For example, I am ready to help a person today. How can I avoid commenting on him? Do you regard this as creating karma of speech, then? On the other hand, if I am not with the person concerned today but I made some sharp statements and talked behind his back, it is then considered to be creating karma of speech.< About Spiritual Cultivation