Do not do anything harmful;
do only what is good;
purify and train your own mind:
this is the teaching of the Buddha;
this is the path to enlightenment
We don’t all have the opportunity to devote our lives to the study of Buddhist philosophy or to spend long periods in meditation retreat. And we don’t have to. We still need to devote some time to the study of Buddhist principles and concepts and as parents we have the unique opportunity to apply the Dharma in our life. Our deep love and concern for our children provide us with an incredible incentive to study and apply the Buddhist teachings to all our interactions with them. They allow us the precious opportunity to practice and live the Dharma.
Compassion and wisdom lie at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. All of us would like our parenting to be based on compassion and wisdom. This combination is as essential to parenting as it is to Buddhism.
When we parent using Buddhist principles and concepts we undergo an internal transformation. Buddhism is about the study of the mind, and when we put the fruits of this study into practice in our daily life with our children wonderful things happen. Not only do we experience an internal transformation and move closer to realising our true Buddha nature, our children also move closer to realising their true Buddha nature.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden. Buddha