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Buddhism and Family

By: Ashley, Philip, Hannah, & Maggie
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Philip Wallace

on 7 May 2015

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Transcript of Buddhism and Family

Buddhist Family
Structure
The Six Directions


There are
3
main
types of Buddhism:
1. Theravada -
The Doctrine of the Elders
2. Mahayana -
The Great Vehicle
3. Vajrayana (Tibetan) -
The Thunderbolt Vehicle

1. Parent ------------------> Children

2. Husband ---------------> Wife

3. Teacher ------------------> Pupil

4. Friend ------------------> Friend

5. Employer --------> Employee

6. Religious Teacher ---> Disciples

Marriage
Buddhist Marriage
There is
shared authority
between the
husband
and
wife
in a marriage
Marriage is
not
considered

a religious duty
nor is it sacred
Marriage is
not required
of a man or woman
Buddhists believe that
happiness is the purpose

of marriage
Buddhists are

allowed to marry

someone of a different religion
Before marriage, Buddhist couples go to a
bhikkhu(monk)

or a

bhikkhunī(nun)

to be

blessed
Teaching Children How to Meditate
Buddhism and Family


The expectations of the
husband

and
wife
are meant to provide a structure for a successful marriage and include:

Husband’s expectations:

love
attentiveness
family obligations
faithfulness
child care
thrift
provision of meals
to calm him when he’s upset
sweetness in everything



The Noble Eightfold Path

Buddhism in a Nutshell
Buddhist


1. Life is dukkha.
2. Dukkha arises from craving.
3. The cessation of dukkha is possible.
4. The cessation of dukkha is possible through the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path.




Principles
Wife’s expectations:

tenderness
courtesy
sociability
security
fairness
loyalty
honesty
good companionship
moral support

According to the
Sigalovada Sutta
, there are five duties that should be performed by parents:

1. The
first duty
is to dissuade children from evil

2. The
second duty
is to persuade them to do good

3. The
third duty
is to give the children a good education

4. The
fourth duty
is to see that they are married to suitable individuals

5. The
last duty
is to hand over to them, at the proper time, their inheritance
Parenting Duties
There are two different types of meditation:

1.
Vipassana (Insight)
- Vipassana means
to see things as they really are, which aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and results in the highest
happiness

of full liberation.

2.
Samatha (Tranquility)
- The practice of calming the mind and its formations, which is done by practicing single-pointed meditation most commonly through mindfulness of breathing.








Types of Meditation
The 5 Steps to Meditation:

1. Relaxing the Body
2. Deep breathing
3. Concentration of the Mind
4. Expansion of the Mind
5. Productive Activity

Kids and Meditation
Instilling Goodness Elementary School
The word
“Buddha”
literally means the
“Awakened One.”


The Buddha
(Siddhartha Gautama)
lived from
528 – 448 B.C.
during the
6th century
. He was born
a prince of India
, in what is now,

modern day Nepal
, and lived a very sheltered life. At the age of twenty-nine, he left his kingdom and newborn son to lead an
ascetic
life and set out to find
an end
to the universal
suffering
of the world. After following various methods of meditation, he attained
enlightenment
.
Buddhists are more likely to have a spouse or partner that is of a different faith compared to members from other religions.

47% marry other Buddhists
27% marry unaffiliated (non-religious groups)
15% marry Protestants
7% marry Catholics
6% marry other affiliations



Buddhists and Intermarriage
Buddhist Intermarriage Among U.S. Asians
Bibliography
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project
http://www.pewforum.org/2012/12/18/global-religious-landscape-buddhist/

Demographic Research - Is Buddhism the low fertility religion of Asia?
http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol32/1/32-1.pdf

Buddhist Studies - Buddha Dharma Education Association & Buddhanet
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/meditate/lotus.htm





A Happy Married Lief: A Buddhist Perspective
By: Ashley, Philip,
Hannah, & Maggie

THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS

(official, authorized)
(official, authorized)
(official, authorized)
Vipassana Meditation
http://www.dhamma.org/en-US/about/vipassana
Right View
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration
The Threefold Division
Other guided meditations:

Loving-Kindness Meditation (Metta Bhavana)
Lotus Meditation
(non-official, authorized)
Fertility
Goddess of Fertility
(Guan-Yin or Kuan-Yin) – pregnant women are her faithful followers

Great Bodhisattva
, Blessed Mother Kuan-Yin, I pray ye, help me to be fertile, I pray ye, help me to be fruitful, I pray ye, help me to conceive a healthy child, I ask this with all
my heart
, I ask this with
my body
and
soul
, I ask this in your holy name, so be it! Blessed be!
Amen
!

Buddhist women in Thailand tend to have a reduced fertility from an earlier point in time and have
lower fertility
than
Muslim
or
Christian
women.

Overall, Buddhist countries’ average fertility is
2.22
, compared with the global average of
2.81
.

Buddhists devotees often stress
The Middle Way
in childbearing, which advises against too much or too little procreation

1) Right View
- A viewpoint which transcends all views, a detached way of seeing that does not grasp to any view
2)

Right Intention
- A commitment to good will, harmlessness, and non-violence for all sentient beings
3)

Right Speech
- Abstaining from lying, slander, harsh speech, abusive speech, and idle chatter
4)

Right Action
- Abstaining from killing, stealing, and sexual misconduct
5) Right Livelihood
- Abstaining from work that, either directly or indirectly, causes harm to other sentient beings
6)

Right Effort
- The need for effort, diligence, exertion, and unflagging perseverance
7)

Right Mindfulness
- Developing awareness of the body, sensations, feelings, and states of mind
8)

Right Concentration
- Developing the mental focus necessary for awareness, a one-pointedness of mind
Wisdom Group
(paññā)
Virtue Group
(sīla)
Concentration Group
(samādhi)
This path is known as
The Middle Way.
It must always be kept in mind that the term ‘path’ is only a figure of speech. Although we talk of a path, ultimately, the eight steps describe eight mental factors, which are
interdependent
and
interrelated
, and function simultaneously; therefore, the elements of the path are not followed and
practiced
in any specific order. On the lowest level, each factor should be have some degree of
Right View
, it being the key division of Buddhism.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/ dhammananda/marriage.html
(official, authorized)
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