The Way to Speak Dharma
When we speak the Dharma, we should deliver the Dharma into each listener's ear and heart, so that he or she will remember it. The Dharma must be spoken with a clear, resonant voice. When young people speak the Dharma, they should enunciate each word and phrase clearly. They shouldn't talk so fast that everything runs together and sounds like popping firecrackers, because then the audience won't be able to catch what they are saying. People who talk like that shouldn't come up to speak the Dharma. Those who speak the Dharma should be serious and solemn, not sloppy and giggling and with no sense of proper deportment. If you speak in such a sloppy manner, people cannot understand what you are saying. Not to mention other people, even I couldn't hear clearly. Since I am a stupid person, if someone does not speak clearly, then I cannot hear clearly and I won't know what he is saying.
The people who come up to speak are just practicing, so they should not talk too long. If their talk is to be translated, they should talk for three minutes and leave three minutes for translation. If you don't know how to speak clearly, then you shouldn't insist on speaking. Each person's talk and translation should take a total of six minutes. Four speakers are enough for one day. The four should know how to speak well, because if they say something meaningless in front of such a large audience, people will get bored. They won't want to sit there, but they are too polite to get up and leave. Every speaker should pay close attention to this. Every single sentence you say up here has to penetrate into people's hearts. It shouldn't be that you are the only one who understands, and no one else knows what you are talking about. That's like "the Mongolian who goes to the opera and listens in vain (because he can't understand)." This is important.
Those who know how to speak should speak. Those who don't know how can learn gradually by listening to others speak. No matter where I go, the people I bring along with me are in school, and this school trains people to speak the Dharma. They get to practice both in the monastery and also on trips, so we don't need to have too many speakers on one day. Venerable Master's Dharma Words Using a combination of exhorting and consoling while maintaining an equal regard for all beings is compassion that will save the world.