According to Buddhism, words that you say make others
suffer, are a way of sowing unwholesome karma. So according
to the law of cause and effect, they will also suffer bad
retribution as usual. A person who says woven words is a
person who often says elaborate, sweet words or adds your
own opinion to make the story more interesting. The woven
words usually come in five categories:
1- You say elaborate words often with the purpose of letting
others understand the value of your words, or making the
listeners respect you, so you say more embroidered words to
increase the attractiveness. It comes from the mind of
greed, wanting to appear to be you better than others. At
the same time, you also want to express your overwhelming
ego. This happens in case you do an ordinary thing but like
to brag that you have done great things.
2- You speak falsely to exaggerate the truth as it is, to
promote yourself or the person you are talking about to
satisfy your own personal purpose, or for a certain benefit.
It is also due to greed. Misleading words often begin with
jealousy, envy, the will to harm people, and the plot to
deceive people to make them fall into evil ways.
3- You say fake words with the purpose of self-interest, add
or subtract your opinion, and inflate the value to make a
profit as in the case of trading, you often inflate the
value of fake goods to make people think it is real, a good
material to increase profits. This is a case of fabricating
to deceive others because of greed.
4- You speak falsely out of jealousy, or envy, wanting to
harm others so that the two sides conflict, leading to
hatred for each other, which can lead to damage to other
people's lives. You use fabricated words to sway people, or
seduce or solicit others to damage honor and property with
the aim of bringing more benefits to you or gaining your
5- Many times you say false words starting from paranoia,
and stupidity, you say but you don't know what you say,
where the consequences will go.
Contrary to embroidered words, you should practice not
saying fabricated words but must speak in accordance with
the Buddhadharma. Not for your own benefit, or jealousy,
that makes up stories to harm others. Do not harm other
people's lives, or do not out of a little jealousy, or
hatred, use false words to sway people's hearts or seduce
others. Do not damage their honor and property for your
benefit, or your good reputation.
Writers often commit a lot of weaving. Because, of the
heartbreaking feelings of others, they can distort it into a
story of fun. These fun stories, the more people enjoy
these, the more pain the victim suffers, and the deeper the
hatred. Therefore, you often see writers who are talented
but are poor, miserable, and hard-working. Even life is not
equal to the average class of normal trading, unable to earn
a full piece of rice and clothes. That situation may be due
to predestined conditions from a previous life, or it may
also be due to fabricated lies. Therefore, if you can
cultivate a kind heart, often thinking in your heart of
praising the good and not spreading evil, then the four bad
karma of the mouth, even if you don't want to reduce it,
will naturally be reduced.
According to the Buddhist scriptures, if you sow good karma,
you will be born in Heaven, Human, or Asula, and if you
create bad karma, you will be reborn in Hell, with hungry
ghosts, and animals. Among that evil karma, the mouth part
is the one that creates the evilest karma. But for Buddhism,
practice is turning karma. Proclaiming everyone's mistakes
is harmful, and according to the law of cause and effect,
sin must go to hell, as well as the sin of offending,
causing conflict, hatred, and killing each other. Therefore,
the sutra also teaches that in daily life there are four
types of people you should avoid:
1- Often say the fault of others
2- Often talk about superstition and wrong views
3- A good mouth, and a bad stomach means that in your mouth,
you say good things like Buddha, but in your mind, you
arrange plots to harm people.
4- You do little, but say you do a lot.
From the mouth, that is, from the words that you can know
the mind and evaluate others, to have appropriate behavior.
Even though the wealth is as big as a mountain, the mouth
that has been eaten for a long time will also run out.
Blessings even if you work hard to create many lives, but
due to the mouth creating karma, criticizing, adding or
subtracting, saying bad words... it can be destroyed in a
moment. You help people but get resentment, also because
this mouth tells, scolds, and insults people.
Besides the harm to the mouth from woven words, the mouth
also has many advantages:
- Mouth is used to eat well, and nourish the body, the mouth
is used to communicate in daily life, and create deep love,
harmonious relationship, and mutual understanding. The mouth
is used to preach, recite, teach, and transmit knowledge,
and beneficial things to many people.
You already know that mouth and words have their harms and
benefits, so you have to be careful. Create merit for a
lifetime, but just one word of evil is destroyed in a
moment. If you want to practice diligently and successfully,
you must avoid true and false stories, because true and
false stories make you waste a lot of time in vain, and
create a lot of bad karma in your mouth.
The benefits and harms are like that, so each of you should
take care of your mouth. In daily life, you often treat each
other, and the mouth must always smile. Quickly apologize if
you are at fault. Appreciate the thanks if you are grateful
to people. Must respect each other, use loving language, not
spare praise, spread good people, good deeds, good things,
right to increase good examples, to beautify life.
But you have to be careful with criticism and praise. You do
not say woven words, but must speak honest words, you will
be loved by many people. Those are the practices for the
mouth, very nice, and very helpful. You need to follow, to
reap many blessings, then your life, family, and society, in
the present, will be peaceful, peaceful and in the future
will be born in a peaceful place. Like that, so happy.
The mouth likes to say woven words, which is the evil karma
of the mouth, because you say these words to make people
doubt, angry, and suffer, so now or in the future you must
also receive such suffering. So the Buddha said:
- You should not weave, should not add or subtract to cause
division or attack each other.
- You must not say elaborate words, add or subtract, and do
not say sarcastic words that make the listener sad and give
rise to wrong thoughts.
- You must not induce others to say such things.
- You should not stand in the middle of causing hatred for
the two sides of animosity, for the two sides of hatred to
fight each other.
On the contrary, when you see other people saying such bad
things, you must dissuade them. Some people think that woven
words to cheat and play for fun are not harmful. In fact,
that lie is still harmful, because it makes you used to that
bad habit, and makes people around you not believe in your
words anymore, even though you sometimes tell the truth.
In the Avatamsaka Sutra, Buddha taught:
- Bhikkhus! You should give up meaningless words, often
guarding your own words. Speaking must know the time,
speaking must be in accordance with the law. Words that are
not useful to people, even if they are joking, should not be
And in the Last Word Teachings Sutra, the Buddha forbids
comment. Don't talk nonsense.
After September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks in the United
States, and aviation laws were added, anyone who jokes on an
airplane with bombs, terrorists, etc., is not only fine but
can also spend several years in prison. According to
security law, when someone announces or reports that there
is a bomb, which is dangerous to life, the plane must not
take off, if it has taken off, it must land immediately.
Many forms are considered woven words.
1- A woven word with silence:
Sometimes you are asked a question where silence implies an
answer. If your silence reflects something untrue, it is
woven words. For example, one investigates a place where a
murder has just occurred. When people ask the crowd standing
around, does anyone see anything? If you witness the murder
but keep silent and say nothing, that silence is considered
a woven word.
2- Speak the woven word in body language:
Sometimes a shrug or frown can be misinterpreted as:
- I do not know
But if you really know, your shrug is a woven word. Or like
when you give a thumbs up, it means you applaud or agree.
But if you just raise your middle finger, you're cursing,
You give false information about qualifications, abilities,
achievements, and virtues or exaggerate the level of
spiritual attainment. You do so to get benefits that you
yourself do not deserve. This impersonation is also a form
of the woven word.
When you are asked to be a witness to say what you know. If
you know, say: I know. If you don't know, say: I don't know.
If you don't see it, say: I don't see it. If you see, say: I
see. You are not intentionally lying for your own benefit or
someone else's, or for your worldly interests. As you
already know, the retribution of the fabricated word, or
woven word, is very serious. The story is:
During the Buddha's time in the world, there was a very rich
bourgeois man, whose assets could not be used up for a
lifetime, and had a wife who was both beautiful and
virtuous, so the family was happy, even happier. He got
married after a long time giving birth to a son, and the day
the baby was born he was overjoyed. But unfortunately, his
baby was just born crying when he fell ill with a serious
According to the doctor, it was toxic boils growing on his
skin, causing him pain, so he cried all day. But any famous
doctor invited to treat him, the famous doctors shook their
heads in defeat. Because his cries and groans caused an
uproar among the villagers, they named him Mr. Crying. Near
the house of the bourgeois, there was an old man next door,
hearing the pained groans of Mr. Crying, feeling impatient
in his heart, he went to the bourgeois' house to visit and
say to him:
- I heard a lot of people praising Jetavana Vihara that
there is a Great Medical King, illness in the body or
illness in the mind of a friend He can cure all. He has
magical means, no matter how serious your illness is, it
will immediately heal. You should go there and ask Him to
heal you. When heard that, Mr. Crying was overjoyed, and
rushed to Jetavana Vihara to ask to see the Buddha.
When Mr. Crying saw 32 good marks and 80 beauties on the
majestic and shining body of the Buddha, he was overjoyed.
His pain and suffering were greatly reduced. Mr. Crying
immediately prostrated all five parts of his body to the
ground to worship the Buddha.
The compassionate Buddha never abandoned any suffering
beings, so when he saw Mr. Crying come, he was very happy,
so he preached to Mr. Crying the excellent methods that have
the power to eradicate all suffering. Mr. Crying after
hearing the Buddha preach the Dharma, repented of his sins.
At that time, the poison that had tormented him for more
than three years immediately disappeared, and his illness
and suffering were completely eliminated, so his mind
aroused sincere reverence and joy. So, Mr. Crying begs the
Buddha allowed him to be ordained as a monk. Mr. Crying
practiced very diligently, so it wasn't long before he
Seeing this, the monks thought it was a very rare thing, so
they asked the Blessed One to talk about the causes and
conditions that made Mr. Crying suffer retribution earlier.
The Buddha told his disciples:
- Countless lifetimes ago, in Benares City, there were two
rich men, Mr. Minh and Mr. Dinh. Normally, Mr. Minh and Mr.
Dinh did not like each other and were envious of each other,
so Mr. Quan brought a lot of gold, silver, and jewels to
present to the king. When the king received Quan's
offerings, the king respected him very much.
So when Mr. Quan criticized Mr. Minh in front of the king,
- Mr. Minh is extremely malicious, often using malicious
schemes to harm me. Please, King, punish the wicked to
protect the good people.
The King, who had already received Quan's offerings, was no
longer wise to judge, most of all, he believed Quan's words
and ordered Mr. Minh's arrest, disregarding Mr. Minh's
excuses, and tortured him direly. Mr. Minh suffered all the
most painful punishments, full body injuries like fish
scales, and had to ask his family to pay the ransom before
he was released back home. Arriving at home, Mr. Minh
thought non-stop and saw that:
- Humans have a body, so there is suffering and there are
many calamities. Quan and I have no enmity, but Mr. Quan can
harm me like this.
Not long after, Mr. Minh left his family to practice in the
mountains and become Prateyka Buddha. The Prateyka Buddha
was afraid that Mr. Quan would suffer retribution in the
next life, so he went to Quan's house to display all kinds
of miracles, causing him to see such wonderful
transformations, generate reverence, and immediately ask
Prateyka Buddha sat on the throne and prepared all kinds of
special foods to offer and repent of his old sins to
The Buddha spoke to this point, paused for a moment, and
- You must know, the person who quarreled with the king was
the monk Crying who suffered in this life. Later, thanks to
the favor of Pratyekabuddha, repenting of his old sins, and
thanks to the merits and virtues of taking refuge in the
Three Jewels, today he is saved by the Tathagata and quickly
attains holy fruit. You must know, do not think that the
gossip is said without anyone knowing. Karma cannot be
escaped, even in the hairline. But having already committed
such a sin, if you know how to repent, you can be saved.
Causality and retribution are not wrong, not even a hair,
bare dust can escape. Evil karma follows you like a shadow
with a figure. So you should think good things, say good
things, and do good things.
Be careful with your words, and do not cause Gossip of right
and wrong because of unconsciousness, nor should you because
someone has made mistakes in the past that use harsh words
to torture them. The consequences of verbal karma are also
terrible. If it's not positive, it's negative, and sooner or
later there will be retribution. The wound you inflicted on
another person's body still has a day to heal, but the wound
caused by words never knows when it will be healed.
Swearing and slandering or going around talking about others
without people reacting, or not knowing, is like raising
your head to the sky and spitting, the saliva doesn't go
anywhere, but when it falls, it will fall on your face. So
it's best not to talk badly about others, even if they do
bad things without harming yourself and the community. By
sucking blood and spraying people, your mouth will be fishy
In order to eliminate the verbal karma caused by speaking
woven words, Buddhists must practice the righteous Dharma,
speak the right language, eliminate bad habits, and greed,
and eliminate malice. It is necessary to practice precepts,
concentration, and wisdom to prevent the habit of slanderous
speech, but only to say what the Buddha taught in the right
speech. Before you speak, think about whether what you say
will cause harm or good if you say it. You need to focus on
whether it is okay to say it or not, use reflection, and use
your mind to judge how harmful it will be if you say it.
Don't let the mouth harm the body. One irresponsible word
can ruin a career, even ruin a life. So bend your tongue
seven times before you speak. Here are some tips to help you
avoid making mistakes in your speech.
1- Urgent work, speak slowly.
In case of an emergency, if you can consider a few minutes
to think, and then calmly speak slowly, the listener will
also be receptive to the information and will not be rushed.
It shows that you are a brave person who can be a support
2- The impossible to do, do not say.
Do not easily commit to things that are out of hand. No
arbitrary promises. If you make arbitrary promises that you
don't fulfill, your words have no weight, your credibility
will decrease if you break promises, and gradually no one
will believe you.
3- Tragic story, don't talk to anyone when you meet.
When you are sad and want to share, if you meet anyone and
confess, it will be easy to make the listeners
psychologically pressure and generate many doubts and
depression. That means you leave the impression that you
want to take your pain out on others, making them want to
stay away. Learn how to share with the right audience at the
4- In other people's business, you should not speak
Do not comment or brag, or fabricate other people's stories
that create unnecessary misunderstandings. Doing so harms
people and also lowers your reputation.
5- Uncertainty, you should speak very cautiously.
For things you don't quite grasp, just express them
carefully. If you know how to say that, people will feel
that you are a trustworthy person.
6- Do not say hurtful words to others.
Taking out your anger on others with cruel, rude words can
satisfy your anger for a while, but leave many unpredictable
consequences. Sometimes you may not have a temper with
outsiders but often vent to your loved ones, because you
think they will accept all your flaws. This is a big
mistake, for your family, and loved ones, as well as
everyone, you should speak lovingly and refrain from harsh,
7- Your job, listen to people's advice.
Learn to listen to the perspective of outsiders because they
often have a more objective view, and see issues that you
may not be aware of. You should be humble, listen but make
your own decisions and take responsibility
Every religion teaches people to speak the truth and avoid
lies. Gentle words that please the listener are very
necessary to beautify life in this mundane world. Because
words have a very important influence, not only on the
happiness of an individual's life but also can determine the
peace of society, preserving solidarity and keeping society
words such as right speech and loving speech are always
mentioned to advise Buddhists when used in free speech.
Tibetans have a saying:
- Words do not
carry swords but can hurt the hearts of the listeners.
eight winds in the storms of life, in the midst of the ups and
downs of the world that shakes people's minds are:
- Success or
- Win or lose,
- Praise or
- Happiness or
taught Buddhists should always keep a calm and calm mind, by
practicing equanimity, you will be as solid as a big rock
standing in the sky.
in suffering, in highs and lows, you must keep your mind like
the earth. Just like on the ground you can throw anything,
whether sour or sweet, clean or dirty, the earth is still
calm. The earth is neither angry nor loving. Understanding
like that, doing so, is the dharma door, practicing
Equanimity, one of the Four Immeasurable Minds of Buddhism,
compassion, joy, discharge.
Being able to
endure like that, proves that you are no longer attached, you
are the recipient of suffering. You no longer cling to the
person who causes you suffering, that is, you have understood
and practiced the doctrine of not-self of Buddhism. In the
Buddhist doctrine of no self, nothing is I, so nothing is
mine. If so, unhappiness is the gateway to the path of virtue.
Buddha was about to enter Nirvana. Venerable Ananda was
extremely sad. The Buddha comforted and advised Venerable
Ananda not to be attached, because the visible is perishable,
of course. Venerable Ananda knelt down and asked the Buddha:
- How to tame
the wicked? When we meet bhikkhus, lay people, and some people
with bad qualities, how should we deal with them?
- It's very
easy, you should use the method: Don't talk to them and don't
pay attention to them.
that when encountering people with evil personalities, to tame
the bad people you should ignore the quarrels, and use your
concentration to turn them into good people. If you meet these
types of people, don't talk to them, keep quiet, and don't pay
attention to them, then they will withdraw themselves.
In short, when
you say a woven word, you often use elaborate, sweet words or
add your own opinion, or omit the main idea of the speaker to
make the story more interesting. But like that, it is very
dangerous and creates bad karma for both the listener and the
- You should
words Gossip of right and wrong will only affect those who
superficially, and sketchily evaluate the problem from word of
mouth. But those who are profound and knowledgeable can see
far and wide and only comment when they have carefully
assessed them. So, if you're right, keep your mind steady,
because it's not difficult when you get past untrue,
Buddhism, verbal karma is one of the heaviest karma a person
can create. The wound you inflicted on another person's body
still has a day to heal, but the wound caused by words never
knows when it will be healed. So as a Buddhist you have to be
very careful not to say woven words