The Four Types Of Friends According To The Buddha

Young man, take note of these four good hearted friends: the helper, the buddy who survives in good times and bad, the mentor, and the compassionate pal.

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THE HELPER

Four things can identify the helper: by being a recourse if you are scared, and similarly your riches, shielding you when you’re exposed, and in various undertakings supplying twice what’s requested.

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BEARING BUDDY

Four things can identify the bearing buddy: by telling secrets to you, safeguarding your own secrets not left you in misfortune, as well as dying for you.

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THE MENTOR

The mentor can be identified by four things: by showing you the route to samsaric paradises, directing you towards great activities, telling you what you must understand, and holding you from wrongdoing.

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THE COMPASSIONATE

The compassionate buddy can be identified by four things: by keeping others from speaking ill of you, reveling in your good fortune, not rejoicing in your misfortune, and supporting others who commend your great qualities.

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Sigalovada Sutta