Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 7. Speaking and Responding

Section 1. About Speaking and Responding

One expresses one's mind with speech, and the words are recognized. Speaking and responding are at the core of human life and social relationships. When raising a child, one should teach the right way of speaking and responding to establish the basic knowledge of proper social relationships. The buddhas and saints also considered speaking and responding to be of central importance and gave guidance and many precautions. If people do not observe courtesy in speaking and responding, that will cause barriers in public life and civilization will naturally fall to a low level. Therefore, one must be very careful about this.