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The Buddhist way of life
« on: September 27, 2006, 07:37:48 AM »
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B. N. B. Pethiyagoda

BUDDHIST WAY: The birth of a child is a happy event. Parents have the onerous duty of bearing the responsibility of caring for their children and nurturing them to become useful adults of the future.

For this the religion plays an important role in providing parents with a framework within which to train the young ones in ethics, behaviour and morality. In Buddhism the Buddha has given very useful advice on the duties of parents towards their children and vice versa.

The Sigalovada Sutra is perhaps the best known of these valuable injunctions. The Buddha has laid great emphasis on a person's relationship with others, more specially between parents and children by allowing them their independence when the time is right, and giving them their rightful inheritance in due course.

On the other hand children on their part are duty bound to care for their parents by intending them filial devotion. This is done out of mutual respect and gratitude towards them and not out of expectation of any reward in return.

There is a close link between religion and parent-children relationship. Parents should not fail to underscore the religious significance of the birth of a child. A family that develops its relationship along sensible religious lines cannot go wrong.

The duty of the parents are to develop a relationship based on their religious, cultural heritage, whilst other religions have their obligatory and formal baptism and Christenings to perform. But the Buddhist parents need only to bring their children to the temple so as to reaffirm their faith in the Triple Gem and to seek refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangha.

While seeking refuge in the Triple Gem parents themselves will be confident in the upbringing of their children and will have the firm assurance that they are being protected from all evil. There are evil forces around us which are harmful towards human beings which will cause harm.

By bringing a child to the temple and having sacred traditional religious services performed in its fervour would definitely contribute to the well-being of the child. This will be the initial step in associating the child with the temple. If this habit is maintained up to adult life would serve the person in good stead when confronted with problems.

Buddhists can overcome their problems in a manner by recalling the image of the Buddha. Naturally many of our problems are caused by the mind and mind alone is able to solve them through underdevelop and confidence.

That is why the knowledge of Dhamma is important. When the mind strengthened through inspiration and devotion towards the Buddha it can overcome the sense of helplessness and fear of evil spirits, of being left alone, and confidence is regained.

Thus this is what is meant by going for refuge in the Buddha.
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