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Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

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Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

Postby David2 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:03 pm

Hello friends,

is there any sense according to the Dhamma for having kids?

Or is having kids rather something even a layman should abstain from, according to Buddha's view because it definitely has a lot of disadvantages?

I mean, it doesn't matter if mankind should die out, does it?

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Re: Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

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Re: Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:43 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

Postby bodom » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:56 pm

I have learned more about patience, kindness and selflessness from my children than anyone could have ever taught me.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

Postby Guy » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:02 pm

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

Postby pilgrim » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:14 am

Being born as a human to Buddhist parents is the most fortunate rebirth. If you do not provide the form, where will the "being seeking rebirth" take birth?. The next best physical body?

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Re: Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:11 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •

e: [email protected]..

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Re: Does having kids make a ("buddhist") sense?

Postby Dina » Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:47 pm

I think it would be beneficial to all of man kind if we chose to not have children. The human race is seriously over populated. There are too many mice in the cage, and we are starting to go crazy and eat each other.


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