[AP] The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to avoid destructive friends,
In whose company the three poisons of the mind grow stronger,
And we engage less and less in study, reflection and meditation,
So that love and compassion fade away until they are no more.
[KM] With some friends, the three poisons keep growing,
Study, reflection, and meditation weaken,
And loving kindness and compassion fall away.
Give up bad friends — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
[RS] When you keep their company your three poisons increase,
Your activities of hearing, thinking, and meditating decline,
And they make you lose your love and compassion.
Give up bad friends—This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
[AB] A bodhisattva’s practice is to rid ourselves of bad friends with whom, when we associate,
our three poisonous emotions come to increase; our actions of listening, thinking,
and meditating come to decrease; and our love and compassion turn to nil.