Wenda20160605A  46:24  [Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program

Caller:

Master Lu, you mentioned that “One is half way to achieving Buddhahood when he is able to  guard himself from creating karma of speech”.  May I ask if karma of speech includes making comments about others behind their back?
Master Jun Hong Lu:

That’s for sure.
Caller:

So, it means, regardless of whether the other party is in the right or wrong, we shouldn’t make judgements about them, is that right?

Master Jun Hong Lu:

Unless your intention is to help him, only then you can make a comment about them.  Otherwise, if you do so, you are generating negative energy.  If your intention is to help him and you talk to him face-to-face, this is positive energy, and as such it is not considered as creating karma of speech.  For example, I am ready to help a person today.  How can I avoid commenting on him? Do you regard this as creating karma of speech, then? On the other hand, if I am not with the person concerned today but I made some sharp statements and talked behind his back, it is then considered to be creating karma of speech.