Podcast | Friendship: The Whole of the Spiritual Life

The description for the brief April 20th Insight Timer live event with the same title as this blog post was a sutta snippet:

Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, “This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie “Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life…

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn45/sn45.002.than.html

Some (rough) notes:

  • talk prompted by insight timer back and forth about friending limitations (for teachers)
  • best advice I’ve been given
  • past talk “how to find (meditation) teachers”
  • can teachers and parents be friends?
  • buddha asked about family members ordaining and he abandoned wife who was soon expecting child
  • not fond of “spiritual” & “holy” and what about “lord”
  • what is “the holy life”? . . . beyond the base program
  • why are friends so important? support, encouragement, empowerment, and for me: conduct, respect
  • regular friendships can be transactional
  • what is a good friend at any stage?
  • Characteristics of a good friend (from AN 7:35):
    • gives what is hard to give
    • does what is hard to do
    • endures what is hard to endure
    • reveals secrets to you
    • keeps your secrets
    • does not abandon you in misfortunes
    • when you are down and out, does not look down on you
Audio: Friendship: The Whole of the Spiritual Life

Published by josh dippold

IntegratingPresence.com

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