man, be aware of these four good-hearted friends: the helper, the
friend who endures in good times and bad, the mentor, and the
can be identified by four things: by protecting you when you are
vulnerable, and likewise your wealth, being a refuge when you are
afraid, and in various tasks providing double what is requested.
The enduring friend
can be identified by four things: by telling you secrets, guarding your
own secrets closely, not abandoning you in misfortune, and even dying
can be identified by four things: by restraining you from wrongdoing,
guiding you towards good actions, telling you what you ought to know,
and showing you the path to samsaric heavens.
The compassionate friend
can be identified by four things: by not rejoicing in your misfortune,
delighting in your good fortune, preventing others from speaking ill of
you, and encouraging others who praise your good qualities.