Buddhism has the potential of bringing together cultural phenomena with spiritual understanding. We don’t want to make a trip out of that, but nonetheless it is true. Your chairs and tables and photographs on the wall are not particularly religious but they are cultural phenomena. And they are works of art. Speech is also a cultural phenomenon. When you talk properly, it has power and reality and magic—to communicate to your attorney, to your taxi driver, or to your shop keeper. So it is very important to have awareness of the power of language.
From a talk on language and elocution from the 1984 Seminary Transcripts.