What Would Buddha Say?: 1,501 Right-speech Teachings For Communicating Mindfully by Barbara Ann KipferWhat Would Buddha Say?: 1,501 Right-speech Teachings For Communicating Mindfully by Barbara Ann Kipfer

What Would Buddha Say?: 1,501 Right-speech Teachings For Communicating Mindfully

byBarbara Ann KipferForeword byMarc Lesser

Paperback | March 12, 2015

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We've all said things we lived to regret. But what if we communicated mindfully instead, stopping first to consider how our words might hurt rather than help-or if we need to voice them at all? In What Would Buddha Say?, best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer offers 1,501 reminders for staying on the path of positive communication. Based on ancient Buddhist teachings, this portable guide will provide inspiration and tips on how to speak clearly, truthfully, and with lovingkindness. In our modern world, it seems we're always in a hurry-usually running on autopilot, and all too quick to make that comment or send that message. But when we communicate without first considering the impact it may have-especially if it's idle gossip or false speech-we can create unnecessary conflicts and far-reaching negative consequences. With poor communication at the heart of most misunderstandings and arguments, learning to practice mindful communication, including good listening skills, is key to speaking-or not speaking-with better results in every area of your life.In What Would Buddha Say?, you'll find hundreds of instantly accessible and compulsively readable communication tips on giving thoughtful attention to your words so you're more likely to be understood, and less likely to damage your relationships. Based on the concept of Right Speech, an important element of Buddhism's Noble Eightfold Path, these mindful essentials-inspirational quotes and sayings, short essays, and meditation suggestions-will guide you away from harmful speech and into a state of mindfulness from which you can gently speak your truth.There is always room for improvement in terms of communication, and with practice, we can learn to speak mindfully-to say only what is beneficial and true with a kind heart at the right time. Packed with Buddhist wisdom and full of inspiration, What Would Buddha Say? will help you maximize the good in your speech as you take steps toward a more peaceful way of being.
Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD , is author of What Would Buddha Say? and more than sixty other 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, and Self-Meditation . Kipfer is a lexicographer, and has an MPhil and PhD in linguistics, a PhD in archaeology, and a...
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Title:What Would Buddha Say?: 1,501 Right-speech Teachings For Communicating MindfullyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.97 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:New Harbinger PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cute but Unrealistic Its a cute book with a checklist/bucketlist of things to do, but not the most realistic. Decided to return my copy - felt it wasn't quite worth the $15.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting It's a very interesting concept but I expected more from the book not just a literal list
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun book I got this for Christmas from my brother and it inspired me to make my own list. It's really cute. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lots of content, little substance Lots of entries in here, but the author rarely goes into much depth, sometimes only saying that something was first noted "this date". Other entries were incorrect. (e.g. she says a brown bear is also known as a grizzly {different bears}; a prairie oyster is a raw egg {testicles from a castrated bull})
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't quite live up to it's subtitle Oh, Phraseology is a trivia buff's dream. Or anyone who loves words and language. My son is of the first persuasion. He loves books like this and promptly snagged it. Phraseology is one of those books you want to share. I had just as much fun listening to him quiz me on phrases as he did reading it. Some I knew, but some were complete surprises. Here's a few to whet your appetite - "To skin a cat" - comes from removing the tough skin from a catfish prior to cooking. "Fit to be tied" - refers to being insane and bound, as in a straight jacket tied to the body. This is a great book to leave on the coffee table - it can be picked up and read at whim. I enjoyed the origin phrases, such as those listed above, the most. Some entries read more like dictionary entries that most people would already know, such as lie detector and celery seed. Some of the facts I found a bit uninspiring - "Asian elephants are smaller than African elephants". Based on the subtitle, I was looking for entries that were more 'bizarre', 'unexpected' and 'fascinating'. Still, this is a fun book to have around the house.
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Checklist of dreams This little book is wonderful, I have thoroughly hi-lited through mine -- I should have just spray painted the whole book.. it is full of fun, quirky ideas of wishes, dreams and fantasies. It is a little "American" in perspective, but a complete joy to read. I recommend it for hospital patients and world travellers alike!
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Editorial Reviews

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 "