The Good Friend
can show the Way to Bliss!
At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once said
on beautiful friendship (Kalyānamittatā):
Bhikkhus, as dawn is the initiator and messenger of the rising sun, exactly
Good Friendship the forerunner and originator for the
arising of the
Noble Eightfold Way, since when a Bhikkhu has a good friend, it is to
that he will develop, cultivate, and complete this Noble Eightfold
And how does a Bhikkhu develop, cultivate and perfect this Noble
A Bhikkhu first develops
View, thereafter he develops
Right Concentration, which
all are based upon seclusion,
stilling, ceasing, and which culminate in the complete mental release....
It is in this way, friends, that a Bhikkhu, who has a
good and mentally beautiful friend
develops, cultivates, and consummates this supreme
friendship (Kalyānamittatā) the Buddha also
With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a boundless
and infinite mind,
Above, below, across and all around, unobstructed, freed of
anger and hate.
Sutta Nipāta I, 8
The friend who is a helpmate,
the friend both in happiness and woe,
The friend, who gives good counsel,
the friend, who sympathizes too!
These four as friends the wise behold, and cherish with deep devotion,
as does a mother her only child.
Digha Nikāya 31
Good Friend has an invisible, yet very Beautiful Mind :-)
Who is hospitable, and friendly, tolerant, generous and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
such one to honour may attain.
Digha Nikāya 31
One is not wise just
because one speaks much.
He who is peaceful, friendly
and fearless is really the wise
one. Dhammapada 258
If you find a wise and clever friend, who leads a good, pure
and Noble life,
you should, overcoming all obstacles, keep his company joyously
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More on the
good in beautiful Friendship (Kalyānamittatā):
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book V 
45: The Way. Magga. Good and Beautiful Friendship. Kalyānamittatā 244.