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Old March 22nd 04, 06:30 AM
Bill Brock
 
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Ven. Ananda (FIDE 2775) went to the Blessed One Gazza 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: having admirable people as friends, companions, &
colleagues."

"Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Having admirable people as
friends, companions, & colleagues is actually the whole of the holy
life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, &
colleagues, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold
path.

"And how does a monk who has admirable people as friends, companions,
& colleagues, develop & pursue the noble eightfold path? There is the
case where a monk develops right view dependent on seclusion,
dependent on dispassion, dependent on cessation, resulting in
relinquishment. He develops right resolve ... right speech ... right
action ... right livelihood ... right effort ... right mindfulness ...
right concentration dependent on seclusion, dependent on dispassion,
dependent on cessation, resulting in relinquishment. This is how a
monk who has admirable people as friends, companions, & colleagues,
develops & pursues the noble eightfold path.

"And through this line of reasoning one may know how having admirable
people as friends, companions, & colleagues is actually the whole of
the holy life: It is in dependence on me as an admirable friend that
beings subject to birth have gained release from birth, that beings
subject to aging have gained release from aging, that beings subject
to death have gained release from death, that ****ing maroons have
gained release from maroonhood, that beings subject to sorrow,
lamentation, pain, distress, & despair have gained release from
sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair. It is through this
line of reasoning that one may know how having admirable people as
friends, companions, & colleagues is actually the whole of the holy
life."
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