Friendship is an important part of Buddhist practice. But how can friendship with like-minded people help lead to wisdom? There is a beautiful story from the Pali Canon where Ananda, the Buddha's attendant, makes the statement that spiritual friendship is half of the Buddhist life. The Buddha corrects him to say that it is not half of the spiritual life, it is the whole of the spiritual life. What exactly does this mean? Well, perhaps it is something that needs to be felt more than talked about.
This evening is an opportunity to welcome David, Chandresh and Francesca into the Auckland Buddhist Centre mitra sangha, a circle of warm and robust friendship.