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Buddhism and Mothering

  • By: Karen Nelson Villanueva
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

In Buddhist philosophy, mothering is symbolic of how to love all beings as a mother loves her child, without the attachment that leads to suffering.

All Beings as Mother

Buddhism posits that in the countless rounds of life, death, and rebirth, all beings have been one's mother, because time is beyond measure and each person has lived countless times before. This means that all people have the potential for a relationship with every being on the planet at least once and perhaps numerous times. A mother is viewed favorably for all the love and care that she gives her child. This relationship serves as an example of ultimate love and how Buddhists are to behave with one another as human beings. Having love toward all other beings ...

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