Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 03/29/2020

Admirable Friendship

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This morning I took a remote Kenpo class with my teacher Sifu Jack Shamburger at 4am and was left with a feeling of great respect and admiration for the man. Knowing that I’m unable to take any other classes later in the day due to my small apartment and abundance of children, he gladly agreed to this time. For his friendship and kindness I am truly grateful.

This got me thinking about loyalty an friendship and just how important it is in our lives and on the Path. Most of us committed Buddhists will recognize the following verse wherein the Lord Buddha corrects the Venerable Ananda about the status of friendship with regard to the Dhamma:

Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life.

Upaḍḍha Sutta (SN 45:2)

Clearly, associating with good friends is of the utmost importance whether we’re hoping to accomplish mundane ends or to achieve final liberation.

May you all find what you seek and be guided by true friends along the way.



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