Kalyanamitta, aka: Kalyana-mitta, Kalyāṇamitta; 3 Definition(s)

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Kalyanamitta means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Admirable friend; a mentor or teacher of Dhamma.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

'noble (or good) friend', is called a senior monk who is the mentor and friend of his pupil, "wishing for his welfare and concerned with his progress", guiding his meditation; in particular, the meditation teacher (kammatthānācariya) is so called.

For details see Vis.M. III, 28,57ff.

The Buddha said that "noble friendship is the entire holy life" (S.III.18; S.XLV.2), and he himself is the good friend par excellence: "Ananda, it is owing to my being a good friend to them that living beings subject to birth are freed from birth" (S.III.18).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Pali-English dictionary

Kalyanamitta in Pali glossary... « previous · [K] · next »

kalyāṇamitta : (m.) a good companion; honest friend.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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