The Buddha’s Teachings on Friendship in the Avadānaśataka

  • Naomi Appleton Edinburgh University


This article, a tribute to Peggy Morgan, uses two stories about friendship from the Indian Buddhist narrative collection known as the Avadānaśataka (One Hundred Stories) to offer some reflections on Buddhist understandings of friendship as an ordinary experience that has the potential to dramatically affect one’s progress on the Buddhist path.

Keywords: Buddhism; friendship; kalyāṇamitra; Avadānaśataka, Buddha