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Friends:

Pulling Friends and Colleagues out of the Mud of Samsara!

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
Bhikkhus, those for whom you have sympathy & who you think should be respected,
whether friends or colleagues, relatives or associates, these you should try to explain,
convince, and establish in the four factors of stream-entry. What four?
You should explain, convince, & establish them in firm faith in the Buddha thus:
Worthy, honourable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha! Consummated in
knowledge & behaviour, totally transcended, expert in all dimensions, knower of all
worlds, unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed, teacher & guide of gods
as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened is the Buddha!
You should explain, convince, & establish them in firm faith in the Dhamma thus:
Perfectly formulated is this Buddha-Dhamma, visible right here & now, immediately
effective, timeless, inviting each & everyone to come and see for themselves,
inspect, examine & verify. Leading each & everyone through progress towards
perfection. Directly observable, experiencable & realizable by each intelligence...
You should explain, convince, & establish them in firm faith in the Sangha thus:

Perfectly training is this Noble Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples:
Training the right way, the true way, the good way, the direct way! Therefore do these
eight kinds of individuals, these four Noble pairs, deserve both gifts, self-sacrifice,
offerings, hospitality and reverential salutation with joined palms, since this Noble
Sangha community of the Buddha's Noble disciples, is an unsurpassable & forever
unsurpassed field of merit, in this world, for this world, to support, respect, & protect...

You should explain, convince, & establish them in the saving purity of Morality thus:

Any Noble Disciple possesses the Morality esteemed by the Noble ones: Unbroken,
untorn, unspotted, freeing, praised by the clever, natural, leading to concentration.
Bhikkhus, those for whom you have sympathy & who you think should be respected,
whether friends or colleagues, relatives or associates, these you should try to explain,
convince, and establish in these four factors of stream-entry.
 

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:364-5]
section 55: Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 14: Friends and Colleagues...
 

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https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Fine_Faith.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_6_Keys.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_4_Doors.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Divine_Tracks.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/How_to_Enter.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Stream-Enterer.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stream_Entrance.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Stream-Entry_Tools.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Assured_Destination.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruits_of_the_Noble_Way.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Links_to_Stream_Entry.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Friends_and_Colleagues.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/ariya_puggala.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Helpers_to_Stream_Entry.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Entering_the_Stream_Supreme.htm


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