The Power Of Narrative

by Peter Carlson on February 2, 2012

This dialogue further explores how modern cultural influences affect our sense of the Buddhist Dhamma in the 21st century.  The fact that humans experience selfhood through the ability to string together various moments of awareness into a narrative creates the need for virtue to integrate the process.  When our personal narrative is distorted, lacking awareness of important memories that link past events to current events, suffering is inevitable.  The virtue of Samma Vaca, Right Speech, provides a well-integrated narrative self, setting the foundation for further spiritual transcendence.  Right Speech will be discussed in the next Dhamma dialogue.

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