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Duties of Friendship in Buddhism

by Priyavadita

A companion talk to Paramabandhu's '15 Points for Friendship', this is a good general evocation of the place of friendship in Buddhist thought, particularly Sangharakshita's. The root of things is a sense of duty and fidelity - seen here through the glass of Sufi thought as expounded by Al Ghazali...

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2001

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1. Spiritual friendship and shared ideals; The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam by Al Ghazali; why duty? (5:40) 
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2. Rights and Duties - an essay by Sangharakshita; attitudes to rights in the west - parents, consumption (5:45) 
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3. Visiting another culture - Indian health and safety (3:09) 
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4. Performing duties rather than expecting rights; generosity and Enlightenment; duty as a gateway to freedom (4:16) 
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5. Befriending; Aristotles's threefold classification of friendship as discussed by Subhuti; utility, pleasure, the Good (6:39) 
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6. Not wrong but limited; spiritual friendship as a value in itself; a hierarchy of friendships; isolation (5:16) 
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7. Needs and insistence; the duties from Al Ghazali's Duties of Brotherhood in Islam - material generosity; placing your brother on an equal footing; preferring your brother to yourself (8:26) 
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8. Serving your brother when he asks; forgiveness - faults in relation to religion and to yourself (6:55) 
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9. Fidelity - loyalty and sincerity (2:40) 
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10. Summary of the talk; practising friendship on retreat (6:27) 


Total running time: 55:13

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