Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Good Company

     "Then the venerable Ananda approached the Buddha, prostrated himself and sat down to one side. Sitting there the venerable Ananda said to the Lord: 
     'Half of the holy life, Lord, is good and noble friends, companionship with the good, association with the good.'
     'Do not say that, Ananda, do not say that. It is the whole of the holy life, this friendship, companionship, and association with the good.'"

     "Spending your time with true spiritual friends will fill you with love for all beings and help you to see how negative attachments and hatred are. Being with such friends and following their example will naturally imbue you with their good qualities just as all the birds flying around a golden mountain are bathed in its golden radiance."                 Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


Marcus Bleasdale, National Geographic   http://photography.nationalgeographic.com

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