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Hiri Sutta

1. Hiri Sutta.– A conversation between the Buddha and a deva regarding conscientiousness (hiri). S.i.7.

2. Hiri Sutta.– The disadvantages of lack of conscientiousness and fear of blame, and the advantages of their possession. A.iv.99.

3. Hiri Sutta.– The third sutta of the Cūḷa Vagga of the Suttanipāta. It was taught in reply to questions asked by an ascetic. He had been a very rich brahmin of Sāvatthi before the birth of the Buddha. He gave away all his wealth and became an ascetic in Himavā. There, filled with joy on hearing the news of the Buddha’s appearance in the world, he went to Sāvatthi and visited him. The Buddha taught him, and at the end of the discourse he entered the Order, attaining Arahantship (SNA.i.294 f).

The sutta is a short dissertation on true friendship. A friend is one who helps in time of need, who not only speaks pleasant words, but means them, who encourages and fosters all that is good.

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