The Good Friend can show one the Right Way even to Eternal Bliss!!!

At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once said:

Bhikkhus, as dawn is the initiator and messenger of the rising sun, exactly & even so too, Bhikkhus, is Good Friendship the forerunner and originator for the arising of the Noble Eightfold Way, since when a Bhikkhu has a good friend, it is to be expected that he will develop, cultivate & complete this Noble Eightfold Way…

And how does a Bhikkhu develop, cultivate & perfect this Noble Eightfold Way…

A Bhikkhu first develops Right View, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release….

Then he develops Right Motivation, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release….

Then he develops Right Speech, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release….

Then he develops Right Action, which also is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release….

Then he also develops Right Livelihood, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, & culminating in release.

Then he develops Right Effort, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.

Then he develops Right Awareness, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release….

Finally he develops Right Concentration, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in mental release….

It is in this way, Bhikkhus, that a Bhikkhu, who has a good & mentally beautiful friend develops, cultivates & consummates this supreme Noble Eightfold Way!

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