The best friend

Knowing that possessions are ephemeral and devoid of essence,

practice generosity with respect

toward monks, teachers, the destitute, and relatives.

For the next life, there is no better friend than what one has given. 

—Arya Nagarjuna, Letter to a Friend

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to The best friend

  1. cheryla says:

    These 4 simple lines from Nagarjuna have been my motto for years. It is only today that I read them for the first time. Give in love and with respect and it will be returned in kind. If only half the beings in the world could hold this idea in the heart….what a wonderful world it could be. cheryla

  2. John says:

    So is generosity actually selfish since it benefits the giver as much, perhaps more, than the beneficiary? No, it is not. When we give freely and sincerely (or even uneasily and clumsily) we are undermining our false sense of self-importance. This most importantly brings relief and happiness to others, but finally returns to us — toward our now truer selves.

  3. amy vaccaro says:

    Very cool. That is how my Mother lived her life and now that she is gone I feel reassured, A truly beautiful saying. Thank you.

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