(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
TO TALK OF PEOPLE BEHIND THEIR BACKS IS TO COMMIT SPEECH KARMA
Caller: Hypothetically, a group of Buddhist friends are analysing and discussing the shortcomings of another person. Their motive is to learn, use it to serve as a warning and avoid making the same mistake themselves. Is this then considered as an act of gossipping and speech karma?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Do not do it! It is indeed committing karma of speech. Do not try to find excuses! Talking or gossiping behind others’ backs are acts performed by gossipers. Do not find yourself excuses, such as, “Oh, I just wanted to avoid making the same mistake.” Can’t you think over it by yourself at home? Why do you have to tell others?
Caller: Now I understand, Master.
Master Jun Hong Lu: Such behaviour is very undignified and should never be done.
Caller: I am truly sorry, Master.< About Spiritual Cultivation