Can We Violate “The Three Gates”?

Are there times to ignore the Three Gates?

Is it True? Is it Kind? Is it Useful?

These are the Three Gates of speech and action suggested by many teachers and traditions worthy of respect. And in fact, those who do not respect them are broadcasting that they are willing to lie and be cruel to accomplish their aims, which are not checked for ‘usefulness’. I can’t think of a single negative behavior that passes the Gates…

But are there positive behaviors that DON’T pass them? I think so.

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Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.

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Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.