Did the Buddha say remaining childless is a kindness?

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Did the Buddha say remaining childless is a kindness?

Postby fivebells » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:45 pm

I think I heard in a recent Dhamma talk (been listening to a lot of them lately) that the Buddha said it is a kindness to the world to refrain from having children. Anyone got a citation for that?

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Re: Did the Buddha say remaining childless is a kindness?

Postby Mindstar » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:43 pm


Higher than lordship over all earth,
Higher than sojourning in heavens supreme,
Higher than empire over all the worlds,
Is Fruit of Entrance to the Dhamma Stream.
—Dhammapada

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Re: Did the Buddha say remaining childless is a kindness?

Postby Coyote » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:59 pm

No, I don't think the Buddha said anything like that. In fact I have heard a teaching from Ajahn Pasanno that raising a child is one of the kindest things you can do, short of becoming an Arahant.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Re: Did the Buddha say remaining childless is a kindness?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:00 pm

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Postby Coyote » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:18 am

"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Postby Coyote » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:09 am

"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Re: Did the Buddha say remaining childless is a kindness?

Postby reflection » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:07 pm

I don't know about the citation, but in my case it may very well be true. :jumping:

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