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(Skt.). A ‘good friend’; any person who can act as a reliable spiritual friend or adviser. In some forms of Buddhism such persons are normally one's teachers and preceptors, but more widely, and especially in the Mahāyāna.it can be anyone who is sufficiently mature and experienced in the practice of the Dharma. Early sources in particular, for example the Sigālovāda Sutta, emphasize the importance of keeping the right company and avoiding the fellowship of those who are drunkards and gamblers.

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