The Good Friend
can show the Way to Eternal 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
Noble Eightfold Way, since when a Bhikkhu has a good friend, it is to
expected that he will develop, cultivate, & complete this Noble Eightfold
And how does a Bhikkhu develop, cultivate & 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 & mentally beautiful friend
develops, cultivates and consummates this supreme
With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a boundless
and infinite mind,
Above, below, across and all around,
unobstructed, freed of
anger & 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
Who is hospitable, and friendly,
Tolerant, generous and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such a 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
If you find a wise and clever friend,
who leads a good and pure life,
you should, overcoming all obstacles,
keep his company joyously
Meditation as streaming audio:
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book V 
45: The Way. Magga. Good & Beautiful Friendship.
Good Friend has an invisible yet Beautiful Mind!
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10 Feb 2015