Buddha – Avoid Fools, Make Wise Friends

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In this video, I talk about friendship.

In The Dhammapada, Buddha says, “If, as you travel, you meet none better than yourself, or equal, you should steadfastly travel alone. There’s no companionship with fools.”

If someone doesn’t take a natural interest in your worldview, in how you see the world, especially when it contradicts with their own, it’s unlikely the friendship will work. If they don’t take an interest in understanding you, what can they learn from or teach you? They won’t learn from you, because they don’t have a genuine interest in exploring your knowledge. But if they don’t explore your knowledge, they won’t understand your point of view. And if they don’t understand your point of view, how will they correct it? So they won’t even be able to teach you. The relationship won’t really be fruitful for either party. So, as Buddha said, it’s better to go alone than seek companionship in a false friend.

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31 thoughts on “Buddha – Avoid Fools, Make Wise Friends

  1. To the *incredible person* that’s seeing this, I wish you all the best in life❤ don’t over blame yourself, accept things and go forward. Don’t let others define what “success” is for you. Get up, learn the skills needed and get after it, all the keys to a happy life is in your hands. Keep pushing.

  2. “Who you are with will determine what you are able to know and your ability to follow what you know—to follow the greater Knowledge that God has given you to guide you, to protect you and to lead you to your greater accomplishments in life.

    One misaligned or misappropriated relationship can stand in the way of this discovery and expression. This you must realize. You must take your relationships very seriously. You cannot afford to be with people who are not going where you are going and who cannot respond to the power of Knowledge within themselves.

    Face the disappointment that this realization may bring about. But face the truth, for the truth is very clear in these matters even though people are very confused.”

    A quote from *Love and Relationships* – a teaching from *The New Message from God*

  3. Fools are the ones who make fun of you when you try to guide them to the right way, they believe in what they think without listening to you. Fools make bad times. Good friends listen to you, help you in any time, you enjoy talking to them and they enjoy talking to you. Good friends make the bad times good.

    1. Unbelievably true. Me and a childhood friend chilled together almost every day at the beginning of the pandemic. We were both in senior year of college and had a couple of months of school left and we did it all together. One good/great friend is enough if you listen and understand each other. Made the pandemic seem like it was non-existent at times Bc we had such a good time in each other’s company.

    2. With caution I try to remember I do not know what “the right way” is for anyone other than myself, and I rarely “know” what that is for myself either.

    3. Can kinda relate told my close friend some conspiracies years ago that turned out to be true and now he believes them and tried telling me he already knew before and his grandpa told him when he was a kid. It took til last weekend I realized I’m literally never going out with him again.
      I relate to him so much and really feel he’s the only person who genuinely gets me and also struggles with depression and attempted suicide and very very similar to me but im trying to better my self and he just wants desires and lust (hence us going out. We actually get girls not gonna lie we are relatively handsome and are not scared to approach women) and not care about his life and it rubs off on me.
      I dont blame him he didn’t force me to do anything but is such a bad influence on my life. It really hurts hes my brother to me but as a new father now I have to keep him out of my life its not even a just a logical thing but in my heart and soul I know I shouldn’t hang out with him anymore besides maybe seeing him at the skatepark if we happen to be there at the same time anyways I know ranted but I hope anyone reading has a great day and God bless yall and your loved ones.

  4. I’m trying to get out of a toxic friendship with my friend .
    Actually he is my friend since kindergarten and it’s been like 11 years of our friendship but he is going on the wrong track , he is becoming an addict of alcohol and drugs and is pursuing me too to do those things . I have decided to end the friendship but it’s just so hard for me ……

    1. My friend of 10 years
      I’m also in similar situations he has become toxic without even knowing it and he has developed arrogance in himself and I don’t even like his company anymore he likes to play video games whole day and I don’t even like it
      But just to please him I play online games with him just to make him happy. I have been struggling with maintaing a healthy boundary

  5. A truly wise person is someone who knows that there’s no really such thing as being wise. At best we have deep knowledge in some aspects, and not so deep in others. One can be wise in artistic ways, but a fool when it comes to have social skills.

    1. I dont think this video is about being wise or a fool in that regard. To my understanding, its about being friends with a jerk (the fool) – a person who is not compassionate and friendly.
      Either way, you are correct in your assesment. I do great when I paint (not saying my art is great, but I feel great when I do paint) but im terrible at socializing (I have social anxiety). Spot on

  6. i came from a country where social skills outweighs academic skills. the amount of friends determine one’s likeability. individuality seemed like nothing tsk

  7. “Just as a fire that starts in a house made of reeds or grass burns down even a house with a peaked roof, plastered inside and out, draft-free, with bolts fastened and shutters closed; so too, …
    the fool brings peril, the wise person brings no peril;
    the fool brings calamity, the wise person brings no calamity;
    the fool brings misfortune, the wise person brings no misfortune.
    There is no peril from the wise person; there is no calamity from the wise person; there is no misfortune from the wise person.

    Therefore, bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus: ‘We will avoid the three qualities possessing which one is known as a fool, and we will undertake and practice the three qualities possessing which one is known as a wise person.’ It is in this way that you should train yourselves.” — the Buddha AN3.1 Bhayasutta

  8. This is one of the most fundamental teachings of the Buddha: “if you cannot find a noble friend, it is better to go alone like a wild Tusker elephant”

  9. Yes , it is quite true that bad friends don’t understand the feeling of other friends and always show themselves superior . I have experienced these situations whatever is described in the video. Bad friends can use us and at the time when we’re in need then they move aside . Also they take advantage of us and don’t tell before others that we helped them .They give credit to themselves instead us .. So beware of these kind of friends.. 😊 💕🌹Thank you for making such a useful videos..💕🌹

  10. It’s always painful when you have known someone since childhood, and when you become adults you find that your worldviews are at odds with one another. It’s difficult to let go when they have been in your life for such a long time. They are more like family, and family cannot be parted with.

  11. 328. If for company you find a wise and prudent friend who leads a good life, you should, overcoming all impediments, and keep his company joyously and mindfully.

    329. If for company you cannot find a wise and prudent friend who leads a good life, then, like a king who leaves behind a conquered kingdom, or a lone elephant in the elephant forest, you should go your own way alone.

    330. Better it is to live alone, there is no fellowship with a fool. Live alone and do no evil; be carefree like an elephant in the elephant forest.
    ☆ Dhammapada — translated by Ācharya Buddharakkhita

  12. You do know that most of children in the world will learn to base their future relationship from the one they had from their parents? This means you are alone from birth.

  13. The Buddha said, “one who possesses three qualities should be known as a fool. What three? Bodily misconduct, verbal misconduct, and mental misconduct… One who possesses three qualities should be known as a wise person. What three? Bodily good conduct, verbal good conduct, and mental good conduct.” — AN 3.2

  14. I feel that I many times am the fool, this video is talking about. Not because I want to be, but its just a thing I do subconsciously.
    It contradicts my understanding of friendship, this behaviour. Friendship to me, is being able to prosper together while not “trying so hard”. I find, that when I am relaxed with another person, I tend to become cruel in some regards – make fun of the other, many times too harshly.
    I would like to hear some opinions to this. I am open to advice and Wise words.

  15. If one strings a piece of putrid fish on a blade of kusa grass, the grass well smell putrid too; the same with one who follows the fool. If one wraps frankincense in an ordinary kind of leaf, the leaf will soon smell sweet too; the same with one who follows the wise.
    — Buddha vacana

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