Noble Friends

~How importance to have noble friends, how to recognize them and how to respect them? ~

Dhamma Talk by Bhikkhu Dhammasena

~ July 21, 2018 ~

Not associating with fools,
Associating with the wise,
Honoring those worthy of honor;
This is the greatest blessing.
                                        Maha Mangala Sutta [Sn 2.4]

From Samyutta Nikaya 45.2 (2):

….There Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, Ven. Ananda said to the Blessed One, “This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.”[1]

“Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie 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.

                                     Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life) translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

 

When venerable bhikkhus as one of our noble friends, a bhikkhu with taints destroyed, has eight powers as bellow stated in Anguttara Nikaya 28. 8 (2):

Then the Venerable Sāriputta approached the Blessed One….

The Blessed One then said to him: [224]

“Sāriputta, when a bhikkhu’s taints have been destroyed, how many powers does he possess by reason of which he can claim: ‘My taints have been destroyed’?”

“Bhante, when a bhikkhu’s taints have been destroyed, he possesses eight powers by reason of which he can claim: ‘My taints have been destroyed.’ What eight?

(1) “Here , Bhante, a bhikkhu with taints destroyed has clearly seen all conditioned phenomena as they really are with correct wisdom as impermanent. This is a power of a bhikkhu with taints destroyed on the basis of which he can claim: ‘My taints have been destroyed.’

(2) “Again, a bhikkhu with taints destroyed has clearly seen sensual pleasures as they really are with correct wisdom as similar to a charcoal pit. This is a power of a bhikkhu with taints destroyed….

(3) “Again, the mind of a bhikkhu with taints destroyed slants, slopes, and inclines to seclusion; it is withdrawn, 1687 delighting in renunciation, and is entirely finished with all things that are a basis for the taints. This is a power of a bhikkhu with taints destroyed….

(4) “Again, a bhikkhu with taints destroyed has developed and well developed the four establishments of mindfulness. Since [225] that is so, this is a power of a bhikkhu with taints destroyed….

(5)–( 8) “Again, a bhikkhu with taints destroyed has developed and well developed the four bases for psychic potency … the five spiritual faculties … the seven factors of enlightenment … the noble eightfold path. This is a power of a bhikkhu with taints destroyed on the basis of which he can claim: ‘My taints have been destroyed.’

“Bhante, when a bhikkhu’s taints have been destroyed, he possesses these eight powers on the basis of which he can claim: ‘My taints have been destroyed.’”

 

Source:  The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya by bhikkhu Bodhi