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Samyutta Nikaya
Sacca Saṁyutta

56.26 Mitta Sutta
Friends

How should we help our friends?

“Monks, you have friends, relatives and family members who you have sympathy for. If they listen to your advice, you should establish them in the realization of the Four Noble Truths. You should encourage them to realize the Four Noble Truths.

“What four? The noble truth of suffering, the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering, the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering, and the Noble Truth of the path that leads to the cessation of suffering. Monks, you have friends, relatives and family members who you have sympathy for. If they listen to your advice, you should establish them in the realization of the Four Noble Truths. You should encourage them to realize the Four Noble Truths.

“Therefore, monks, you should make an effort to understand: ‘This is suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the origin of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the cessation of suffering.’ You should make an effort to understand: ‘This is the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 56.26 Mitta Sutta: Friends

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