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The Buddha on Friendship

The Buddha on Friendship

The Buddha often emphasized the characteristics of a good friend. He spoke about a good friend as one who gives a kind of happiness based on knowing our interconnectedness, and that learning to be a friend to ourselves and being one to others is really the same thing.

Here are wise words about friendship from the Buddha; what better time to read them than at Thanksgiving:

He spoke about a good friend, or a true friend, as being someone who is a helper, who will protect us when we are taken unawares, when we are surprised by life in some way. This person will be a refuge to us when we afraid. He spoke about a good friend as someone who is constant in our time of happiness and in our times of adversity or sorrow, someone who will not forsake us when we’re in trouble. And as someone who will tell us their secrets and will not betray our secrets to others, and at the same time will be completely honest with us and warn us if they think we are heading off towards danger.

When we have such a friend we have a gift beyond measure.

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Adapted from The Force of Kindness, by Sharon Salzberg (Sounds True, 2005. Copyright (c) 2005 by Sharon Salzberg. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from The Force of Kindness, by Sharon Salzberg (Sounds True, 2005.

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6:01AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thank you

1:54PM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Excellent article good friends are hard to find but when you find them it is a joy. Buddha speaks so many truths. I have read a few of his books and they have helped me sort out a lot of feelings.

3:22AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Thank you :)

12:26AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013


4:51AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

thank you

5:58PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you

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7:39AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

I am grateful to have some friends like that--it's unconditional love and it's what we all need and want, I think.

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