A disciple confessed his bad habit of repeating gossip.

Said the Master wickedly, “Repeating it wouldn’t be so bad if you did not improve on it.”

Anthony de Mello 

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Anthony de Mello (1931-1987) was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. A spiritual teacher, writer and public speaker, De Mello wrote several books on spirituality and hosted numerous spiritual retreats and conferences. He continues to be known for his storytelling, which drew from the various mystical traditions of both East and West.

Image: A postage stamp issued by Thailand to commemorate Visakha Bucha Day 2009, an important date in the Buddhist calendar. The stamp depicts the Buddha image in the naagprok pose, i.e. seated in deep meditation under a Taengwood Tree. Courtesy: https://www.buddhiststamp.com