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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
|1.||Spiritual friendship and shared ideals; The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam by Al Ghazali; why duty? (5:39)|
|2.||Rights and Duties - an essay by Sangharakshita; attitudes to rights in the west - parents, consumption (5:45)|
|3.||Visiting another culture - Indian health and safety (3:09)|
|4.||Performing duties rather than expecting rights; generosity and Enlightenment; duty as a gateway to freedom (4:16)|
|5.||Befriending; Aristotles's threefold classification of friendship as discussed by Subhuti; utility, pleasure, the Good (6:39)|
|6.||Not wrong but limited; spiritual friendship as a value in itself; a hierarchy of friendships; isolation (5:15)|
|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 (8:25)|
|8.||Serving your brother when he asks; forgiveness - faults in relation to religion and to yourself (6:54)|
|9.||Fidelity - loyalty and sincerity (2:40)|
|10.||Summary of the talk; practising friendship on retreat (6:27)|
Total running time: 55:09