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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 so too,
Bhikkhus, is 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 be expected
that he will develop, cultivate, and complete this Noble Eightfold Way...
And how does a Bhikkhu develop, cultivate and perfect this Noble Eightfold Way...
A Bhikkhu first develops Right View, thereafter he develops Right Motivation
Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Awareness, and
finally Right Concentration, which all are based upon seclusion, disillusion, calming,
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 Noble Eightfold Way!

On beautiful friendship (Kalyānamittatā) the Buddha also said
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

The 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 and aware.
Dhammapada 328

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More on the good in beautiful Friendship (Kalyānamittatā):

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book V [30]
45: The Way. Magga. Good and Beautiful Friendship. Kalyānamittatā 244.

Advantageous is Beautiful Friendship!

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Updated: 30 Dec 2016
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