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How you receive and express the Dharma is
how you learn and practise the Dharma too.

Stonepeace

“Bhikkhus, there are these four kinds of Dhamma speakers. What four? (1) Here, bhikkhus, some Dhamma speaker speaks little and [his speech] is pointless, and his assembly is not skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly.

(2) “Another Dhamma speaker speaks little but [his speech is] meaningful, and his assembly is skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly.

(3) “Still another Dhamma speaker speaks much but [his speech is] pointless, and his assembly is not skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly.

(4) “And still another Dhamma speaker speaks much and [his speech is] meaningful, and his assembly is skilled in distinguishing what is meaningful from what is pointless. Such a Dhamma speaker is reckoned as a Dhamma speaker by such an assembly. These, bhikkhus, are the four kinds of Dhamma speakers.”

The Book of the Fours (Sutta 139)
The Numerical Discourses Of The Budddha: A Translation Of The Anguttara Nikaya
Bhikkhu Bodhi

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