Do you really need best friends? Meaning of Real Friends [Part 4]

A 24-year-old woman worries about not having best friends, and Osho Taigu questions “Do you really need best friends?” This woman has 5 or 6 good friends whom she hangs out with, but feels that she doesn’t have trusted best friends. She wants to have her so-called best friend who can give a speech at her wedding. Osho says that many women would dream about their weddings, but he sees “The Wedding Myth” tends to portray a false sense of happiness to the extent that many women are feeling intense jealousy, even though marriage is just a milestone. Osho Taigu shares his experience in his last year of grade school to tell us about comparing the pros and cons of having best friends. He came to his conclusion that “Having best friends could be bad!” Having BFF is a myth, and longing and hoping for best friends may only end up making you disappointed. Instead, he suggests for us to have a “Shō yū (勝友 meaning a great friend)” from the Buddhist Scriptures. Have any successful people in the world or famous figures in history ever had their best friends? What you need is a “Shō yū,” who would teach you and give you courage or someone you can look up to. It is totally fine if only you consider them as your great friends. Osho’s prescription is to have as many “Shō yū” as possible. He also shares with us the practical solutions from Buddhist teachings in order to have great friends.



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