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Mitta Sutta

1. Mitta Sutta.– On what constitutes a good friend in various circumstances. S.i.37.

2. Mitta Sutta.– One should admonish those whom one holds in affection, and establish them in the four foundations of mindfulness. S.v.189.

3. Mitta Sutta.– The same as 1, with the four Noble Truths. S.v.434.

4. Mitta Sutta.– A real friend is he who gives what is hard to give, does what is hard to do, and bears what is hard to bear. A.i.286.

5. Mitta Sutta.– Five qualities that make a man a bad friend. A.iii.171.

6. Mitta Sutta.– A monk who is a bad friend will never follow the course of training which leads to all destruction of lust and passion. A.iii.422.

7. Paṭhama Mitta Sutta.– Seven qualities that make a man a desirable friend:

  1. he gives what is hard to give (duddadaṃ dadāti),
  2. does what is hard to do (dukkaraṃ karoti),
  3. bears what is hard to bear (dukkhamaṃ khamati),
  4. reveals his own secrets (guyhamassa āvi karoti),
  5. keeps others’ secrets (guyhamassa pariguhati),
  6. does not forsake one in time of need (āpadāsu na jahati),
  7. and does not despise one in time of one’s ruin (khīṇena nātimaññati). A.iv.31.

8. Dutiya Mitta Sutta.– Seven things that make a bhikkhu a desirable friend:

  1. he is genial (piyo ca hoti),
  2. pleasant (manāpo ca),
  3. serious (garu ca),
  4. cultured (bhāvanīyo ca),
  5. eloquent and softly spoken (vattā ca vacanakkhamo ca),
  6. profound in speech (gambhīrañca kathaṃ kattā hoti),
  7. and urges one on at the proper time (no ca aṭṭhāne niyojeti). A.iv.32.

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