How do hold the teachings on letting go, non-attachment and non-self with the reality of having needs as a human being. What are needs and how do we relate to them with wisdom in a world that is beyond our control, neither suppressing and denying them nor becoming overly fixated or identified with them?
Right Speech is a key factor in the cultivation of the Noble Eightfold Path, shaping the heart and mind even as the heart-mind shapes our speech. Our intention is the decisive factor in determine the direction and shape of our speech, our heart and our mind.
These draft papers presented by their authors at the 2017 Vedana Symposium sponsored by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies will be revised and published in 2018 in a special edition of the Journal of Contemporary Buddhism.