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The Concept of Friendship in Theravæda Buddhist Thought
- Friendship is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in concern on the part of friend for the welfare of the other, for the other's' sake. Friendship is a kind of virtue, and it is also necessary for living. Nobody would choose to live without friends even if he had all the other good things. The perfectly good friend is termed in Buddhism as Kalyana Mitta (the virtuous friend). According to Buddhism, bad friends are those who, only take from others; who only render lip-service by making empty promises; who flatter; who associate in activities that lead to loss of wealth; A truly good friend is someone with the compassion and courage to tell us even those things we would prefer not to hear, which we must confront if we are to develop and grow in our lives. The Buddha said that man's entire life is established on good friends. The Buddha is known as the good friend (Kalyana Mitta) par excellence. Especially, the focal point of this paper is that the concept of friendship how to play as an essential role not only in Buddhist society but also in every society in the world. In order to solve this problem two methods will by used. They are descriptive method and evaluative method.
- Journal of The Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science