5 April 2022
12 April 2022
The Buddha said that a Kalyana Mitta, or good friend, is the whole of the spiritual path. Companionship with good people encourages our spiritual development by supporting our growth and in turn helps us understand the qualities we need to cultivate to truly be a good friend to everyone.
Discover the benefits of good friends and the dangers of bad friends in this two part series with Bhante Akaliko.
Part 1: Avoiding Fools
What’s the difference between a good friend and a bad friend? Understanding the difference is beneficial to our own development and helps us be a better friend to others.
Tuesday 5th April, 7:00–8:30pm
Part 2: Associating with the Wise
Explore what good friendship means in Buddhist thought and why it is so important for making progress on the spiritual path.
Tuesday 12th April, 7:00–8:30pm
Akaliko Bhikkhu is an Australian monk in the Theravada forest tradition. Bhante Akaliko first encountered Buddhism as a teenager and spent over twenty years practising in different traditions before taking full ordination with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor at Bodhinyana monastery in 2016. He currently resides with his long-term teacher, Bhante Sujato, at Lokanta Vihara (the Monastery at the End of the World) in Sydney, Australia.
Bhante Akaliko is the founder of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community and a Buddhist chaplain at Western Sydney University. He is also on the board of directors of the Buddhist Council of NSW.
All Sessions are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dharma so that others may benefit in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dharma.