Here’s a 2hr, 29-min recorded video conversation, with guest speaker Vidya Ras (‘Knowledge Juice’) (306MB .mp4).


  • Vidya/Vijja, knowledge, the article “The Endgames of Bad Faith Communication”, yang-style communication, yin-style communication, Social Media, morality, values, hubris, humility, patience, monateries, monastic culture, retreat, seclusion, brahmaviharas, metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha, emotional stabilization, attunement, well-raised kids, entitlements, responsibilities, roles, duties, analogy of adjacent cells, healthy society, culture, governance, good parenting, spending time, caring, acts of kindness, being less self-centered, failed experiments, strategic retreat

Sutta References:

  • AN 5.198 - A Statement - (5 factors of right speech, to be checked before admonishment of another)

    “Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

    “It is spoken at the right time.

    It is spoken in truth.

    It is spoken affectionately.

    It is spoken beneficially.

    It is spoken with a mind of good-will.

    “A statement endowed with these five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people.”

  • Never got mentioned in the conversation, but highly relevant: AN 3.67 - “Topics of Discussion”

    “Those who converse with hostility, too sure of themselves, arrogant, ignoble, attacking virtues, they look for flaws in each other.

    They rejoice together when their opponent speaks poorly and makes a mistake, becoming confused and defeated—but the noble ones don’t discuss like this.

    If an astute person wants to hold a discussion connected with the teaching and its meaning—the kind of discussion that noble ones hold—then that wise one should start the discussion,

    knowing when the time is right, neither hostile nor arrogant. Not over-excited, contemptuous, or aggressive,

    or with a mind full of jealousy, they’d speak from what they rightly know. They agree with what was well spoken, without criticizing what was poorly said.

    They’d not persist in finding faults, nor seize on trivial mistakes, neither intimidating nor crushing the other, nor would they speak suggestively.

    Good people consult for the sake of knowledge and clarity. That’s how the noble ones consult, this is a noble consultation. Knowing this, an intelligent person would consult without arrogance.”

  • “Khanti paramam tapo titikkha” - Patient endurance is the ultimate austerity

  • Patience is the “supreme incinerator of defilements”

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