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Posted 03 June 2006 - 09:38 AM

The Buddha never acted or spoke without clear awareness, or without any purpose. Even when he smiled, his personal attendant, Venerable Ānanda, knew that there was some reason for it. On being asked by Venerable Ānanda the reason for his smiling the Buddha would usually tell a story of a previous life relating to the place they were passing. Venerable Ānanda would remember such discourses perfectly and relate them to other disciples on suitable occasions.

The speech of the Buddha was without defect. There are six kinds of speech:
  1. True, beneficial, and pleasing to others. This speech the Buddha used on many occasions.
  2. True, beneficial, but not pleasing to others. This speech the Buddha used whenever it was necessary to correct those who were deviating from the path.
  3. True, not beneficial, but pleasing to others. This speech the Buddha did not use.
  4. True, not beneficial, and not pleasing to others. This speech the Buddha did not use.
  5. False, not beneficial, but pleasing to others. This speech the Buddha did not use.
  6. False, not beneficial, and not pleasing to others. This speech the Buddha did not use.
False speech is never beneficial in the ultimate sense, though one may gain worldly benefits from lying. Thus there are only six types of speech altogether.