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Buddhist reflections for Mother’s Day

In Buddhism it’s not about chasing happiness, but ending suffering. Basically, Buddha’s teachings are founded on the four Noble Truths:

1. There is suffering.

2. Attachment causes suffering.

3. Suffering can end.

4. There is a path to end suffering.Birth_of_Buddha_at_Lumbini

I was wondering what is written about mothers in Buddhism and found this on Dala Lama’s mother and on examiner.com by Brian Allen Ray I found this interesting piece:

“It is the archetype of the mother that is invoked in a Mahayana practice of cultivating a loving and compassionate mind in order to benefit all beings.  By following the practice anyone can access their deep rooted emotional repository of care and affection by considering the loving-kindness of anyone towards them.

The first step of the main practice is recognizing all beings as one’s mothers.  Because of the beginning less nature of the mental continuum in transmigration, our previous lives have been numberless.  Thus, we have had numberless mothers.

Next is to remember the kindness of all mother beings.  This is where we may have to “fake it ’till you make it” a bit if we did not grow up in an atmosphere of affectionate care.  Here is where the archetypal mother is invoked and we can conceive of her loving-kindness as having been made manifest to us before.

For those of who have not had the fortune to grow up in an atmosphere of affectionate care it is helpful to contemplate these words from the Eight Verses of Attitude Transformation.  

Click on the quotes to read H.H. Dalai Lama XIV’s commentary of the verse.

                              Verse 4
When I see beings of unpleasant character
Oppressed by strong negativity and suffering,
May I hold them dear-for they are rare to find-
As if I have discovered a jewel treasure!

If you find yourself repeating the negative kinds of attitudes and behaviors you grew up with:

Verse 3
In all my deeds may I probe into my mind,
And as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise-
As they endanger myself and others-
Dala-Lama-just-discoveredMay I strongly confront them and avert them. 

The third step in cultivating a loving and compassionate mind is repaying all mother beings for their kindness.  While it is right to actually repay your mother-of-this-life’s kindness, the Mahayana interpretation is that genuine gratitude is based on the recognition that all beings have contributed to one’s well-being.  In this way we can rise over attachment to loved ones alone to gain an unbiased view of being of benefit to all others.  Just as you reconnect with your fundamental childhood need to be loved and to love, don’t forget that this is a universal condition that is an unending necessity throughout everyone’s life.”

Blessings explores the roots of the nuns’ wisdom and compassion and shows how we, as ordinary human beings seeking happiness in a modern world, can find that same thread of sanity and inner strength in the everyday confusion of our lives.

The film inspires all of us… Women and men…to open ourselves to the blessings of a full and authentic life.

Suggested Reading: Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali.

“Whether you wish to fully embrace Buddhism or use it as just one dish in your spiritual smorgasbord, Buddhism for Mothers basically suggests ‘it’s all good’. Many of us would love to have time for regular meditating at mountain retreats, but if we could simply learn to enjoy a daily shower without letting our minds stock take our million-and-one responsibilities it might be a terrifically positive step towards a more peaceful day.”

This mothers day 2014 I visit Dalai Lama in The Netherlands together with my mother! Precious… Wishing a mindful, confident and content Mothers day to all of you mama’s! It will be my second mothers day…

“…suffering and unsatisfactoriness won’t end today, but by embracing some Buddhist practices you can start today planting the seeds to improve your life.” [Sarah Napthali]


Love, Anneke


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