Qualities of a Dhamma teacher

"It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when five qualities are established within the person teaching. Which five?

"[1] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak step-by-step.'

"[2] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak explaining the sequence [of cause & effect].'

"[3] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak out of compassion.'

"[4] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak not for the purpose of material reward.'

"[5] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak without disparaging myself or others.'

"It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when these five qualities are established within the person teaching."

BUDDHA — AN 5.159

 

A Friend

"A friend endowed with seven qualities is worth associating with. Which seven?

He gives what is hard to give. He does what is hard to do. He endures what is hard to endure.

He reveals his secrets to you.

He keeps your secrets.

When misfortunes strike, he doesn't abandon you.

When you're down & out, he doesn't look down on you.

A friend endowed with these seven qualities is worth associating with."

He gives what is beautiful, hard to give, does what is hard to do, endures painful, ill-spoken words. His secrets he tells you, your secrets he keeps. When misfortunes strike, he doesn't abandon you; when you're down & out, doesn't look down on you. A person in whom these traits are found, is a friend to be cultivated by anyone wanting a friend.

BUDDHA - AN 7.3

Keeping company with the wise

It's good to see Noble Ones. Happy their company — always. Through not seeing fools constantly - constantly one would be happy.

For, living with a fool, one grieves a long time. Painful is communion with fools, as with an enemy — always. Happy is communion with the enlightened, as with a gathering of kin.

So: the enlightened man — discerning, learned, enduring, dutiful, noble, intelligent, a man of integrity: follow him — one of this sort — as the moon, the path of the zodiac stars.

BUDDHA — Dhp 206

 

“It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faultsOne shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.”

 

"Overcome the angry by non-anger. 

Overcome the wicked by goodness.

Overcome the miser by generosity.

Overcome the liar by truth."

(The Buddha)