Aŋguttara Nikāya


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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
III. Tika Nipāta
XIV. Yodh-ā-jīva Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
or
More-Numbered Suttas

III. The Book of the Threes
XIV. The Fighting-Man

Sutta 133

Mitta Suttaɱ

The Friend

Translated from the Pali by
F.L. Woodward, M.A.

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[1] THUS HAVE I HEARD

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, he who is blessed with three qualities
should be followed as a friend.

What three?

Herein a monk gives what is hard to give,
does what is hard to do,
bears what is hard to bear.

If he have these three qualities
he should be followed as a friend."


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