佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - How do no improper remarks and no double tongue amidst ten virtues differentiate?
How do no improper remarks and no double tongue amidst ten virtues differentiate?

Improper remarks connote flattering, exaggerating, or dallying. Nonchalantly

toying with another‘s emotions is a crossover from play to

abuse. It hurts another; it impairs relationship. The Buddha teaches

against employing such attitude, such language toward another.

Hence the existence of the entry of no improper remarks.

Double tongue, conceptually on a par with the double-headed

serpent, connotes attempts to bad-mouth two acquaintances on

separate occasions and, in so doing, setting them against each other.

The gossiper is looking at possible gains throughout the process.

The Buddha had repeatedly cautioned disciples against committing

such doings.