"There is a Buddhist term: spiritual friend. Buddha encourages us to associate with spiritual friends and keep away from unwholesome friends. This is similar to what Confucius says - 'Associate with exemplary people and keep away from petty people; How do we identify spiritual friends? They benefit us in a positive way. As for ourselves, though we might not yet qualify as a spiritual friend to others, we should learn to be one." - Sheng Yen
Victor M. Parachin ...is a
Vedic educator, yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of a dozen books. Buy his books at amazon or your local bookstore.