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Spirituelle Freundschaft in Schloss Wasmuthhausen.

In the Pali Canon’s Upaddha Sutta (SN 45.2), there is a conversation between the Buddha and his disciple Ananda in which Ananda enthusiastically declares, ‚This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, spiritual friendship (Kalayana Mitrata).‘

The Buddha replies: ‚Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, spiritual friendship (Kalayana Mitrata) is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path.‘[4]

The Buddha elaborates that, through such friendships, one develops each of the path factors through seclusion, dispassion and cessation. Further, the Buddha states that through spiritual friendship with the Buddha himself followers have gained release from suffering.

 

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