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A useful look at the role friendship plays in our lives as practising Buddhists, following the classic FWBO '15 Points' model... A good-humoured, honest approach to understanding what the Buddha means when he talks about spirtual friendship being the whole of the spirtual life.
Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, May 2001
|1.||Second thoughts about giving a talk on friendship; 15 points - guidelines not prescriptions (4:00)|
|2.||Taking intiative and taking an interest; don't expect friendship - The Unseen Flower by Sangharakshita; striking a balance (8:09)|
|3.||If you like someone, make friends with them; if you don't like someone, make friends with them (5:59)|
|4.||Spiritual friendship is not based on the romantic ideal; going beyond being important to a friend (6:14)|
|5.||Working together; going on retreat and holiday together; living together (5:39)|
|6.||Eyeballing is not the whole story - the limitations of one-on-one; helping your friend (7:56)|
|7.||Be faithful; keeping your friend in mind - not taking for granted (3:09)|
|8.||Befriend their family; try to understand your friend from the inside - their own point-of-view (7:23)|
|9.||Be prompt to resolve conflicts; forgive your friends; base friendships on common ideals (5:07)|
|10.||Conclusion - Al Ghazali on friendship; Rodin's The Cathedral - the hands of friendship (4:15)|
Total running time: 57:51