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What's the best way to deal with someone who speaks critically of others?
I have a friend who I am quite close to who often discusses the faults of others. What's the best way to address this behaviour? I find it negatively effects me and conflicts with my feelings of openess and compassion and my desire to keep the right speech precept.
They don't do it in a petty, snide or incredibly hostile way it's more negative observations. This is a good friend and I'm not sure how to address it. It's not like it's really nasty or anything - and I feel kind of uncomfortable because it's like me dictating how they should act.