The Art of Buddhist Communication


While talking about the subject of communication, the history of Buddhist communication cannot be forgotten. It is not an exaggeration to say that the great communicator of the world is our Lord Buddha.


Many of the theories, methods, ethics, concepts, objectives, etc. that we discuss today in connection with the subject of communication were all found in the teachings preached by our Lord Buddha 2500 years ago.


As an approach to discussing the qualities of Buddhist communication, let us take here a conversational advice given by the Buddha to his son, the monk Rahula, about the freedom and ethical basis of the order.


One day Lord Buddha visited the temple where Rahula thero was staying. Rahula thero received the Buddha with great respect, seated him, and prepared to listen to the teachings.


What is Rahula mirror for? Lord Buddha asked Rahul Thera. To see the Lord When you do, say, or think something as if you looked in the mirror and corrected the flaws, what you do, what you do with your heart, what you say with your words, should be checked. Yes, load.!


How to test? Rahula.If the things you think in your mind cause you and others suffering, don't think them. If you and others are suffering because of what Cain is doing, don't do it. Do not say such words if you and others are suffering from the words you say.


It is mentioned here, "If the things you think in your heart cause you and others suffering, don't think them." Isn't the most important guide for self-communication given in the instruction.


That is, as a human being, you should think about something with good, non-violent thoughts in mind. Otherwise, it is not in a way that brings suffering to the people or the society. Likewise, the Buddha explains to always think positively and not think negatively.


Also, the advice "If the words you say will cause distress to you and others, do not say such words" can be called a very important self-ethick in the communication process.


That is, you should not use your freedom of expression in such a way that you or other people in the society or the society suffer. That is, the Buddha says that you should use your freedom of speech and writing in a way that brings good, happiness and good to you as well as to all the people in the society.


Prof.  Wilbur Sami says "Communication is defined as the creation of similar mental occupations in two people." Communication expert Denise Mackwell says “Communication is the transmission of a meaningful message by one person to another”


The ideologies expressed by the above scholars and hundreds of others from different perspectives on communication have been revealed by the Buddha two thousand years ago.


Because of the manner in which the Lord Buddha presented his message in a timely, concise and attractive manner, many people have been gripped by it and have changed their behaviour. The formulas in our Sutra Pitaka are revealed in many ways.


It is also said that at that time many other receivers understood Buddhism and attained Sovan and Rahat fruits. It is certain that these kinds of behavioural changes occur in the disciples who listen to the teachings of the Buddha because similar mental occupations arise in them. Therefore, the Buddha's communication strategies were extremely successful and able to be expressed at an extremely powerful level.


At that time, there were no means of communication with sophisticated technical tools like today, but all communication processes were done through speech and sign metaphors. Among the types of communication used by the Buddha.


1. Self-communication

2. Interpersonal communication 

3. Group communication 


The methods were special.


In the Buddha's time, there was no such classification of communication methods, but it is seen in the Sutra Pitaka that the Buddha used the above methods separately as well as together to communicate with his followers.


It is clear from this that although modern communication experts classify communication methods and present them today as their own principles, theories and terms, Buddha has accomplished a more successful communication task by pointing out the classification of communication in practice 2500 years ago.


It is mentioned in the sutras that the Buddha had a custom of talking closely with the receivers or disciples before reading the Dhamma, and at times they were very friendly by asking about their welfare.. This is a quality that should be present in a very good communicator. Here, the role of communication due to the formation of a closer relationship between the communicator and the receiver is a great contributor.


The Sonandanda Sutra also mentions how the Buddha used to talk with sweet words. "He welcomes those who come to him, come, your presence is very good. He speaks sweetly. He speaks cheerfully and speaks openly. He is polite enough to speak first to those he meets. Humble.


The beginning, the middle and the end of all Buddha's dharma communication notes are good. They make good sense. They have a good idea. There is not a single word that is unintelligible or useless. It is a unique quality that a memo should have. This is mentioned as follows. “So dhamman desethi, adikalyanam, majhe kalya, paryosana kalyanam, sattham, sakhyanjanam, kevalaparisuddhang, paripunnan.


This explains that the message presented by the communicator should be created based on a timely event that is important to the receiver community so that it is acceptable to them.


Also, the said memorandum should contain only true and correct information. Also, because presenting the memo in a threatening or harsh form is detrimental to effective communication, it should be presented in simple, short and pleasant words.


Also, the Buddha explains in this sutra that when criticising something, it should be harshly or ruthlessly criticised and criticised by explaining the facts. Also, the Buddha has given instructions to the monks that they should not speak condemning others while sticking to their own ideology, but kindly explain something pleasant that can give the hearer advice, an example, and a guide.



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