Episode 34 :: Doug McGill :: Right Speech

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Doug McGill

Professional journalist and founder of the Rochester Meditation Center in Southeast Minnesota, Doug McGill, speaks with us about the challenges of right speech in our modern world.

Lately there’s been a great deal of talk on the internet about concepts which challenge us, as Buddhists, to practice right speech. There is a split in our community, between those who accept rebirth, and those who don’t. These discussions have sometimes stayed within the guidelines of avoiding lying, divisive, or harmful speech, but have also occassionally crossed the line, certainly in the area of divisiveness.

Of course, we as Buddhists want to demonstrate that our practice has prevented us from falling into wrong speech, and often it does. Not always, I’m guilty of wrong speech every bit as much as the next person. So what is it about that axe in our mouths called a tongue, that we have so much trouble keeping in line?

Our interview today is with professional journalist Doug McGill, founder of the Rochester Meditation Center in Rochester, Minneosta, and we’ll take on some of the challenges of right speech to his profession, and to all of us in our modern world.

So, sit back, relax, and have too old, cold black coffee. Because that’ll put you in the frame of mind of a busy newsroom.

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“We do need to engage in some conscious updating and application of the basic teaching to the modern condition.” — Doug McGill



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Music for This Episode

Shakuhachi Meditations

Shakuhachi Meditations

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez’s upcoming CD, Shakuhachi Meditations. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Lady of the Snow

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Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

About the Author ()

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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