This new book shows how this challenging role offers enormous scope for your own spiritual growth, using Buddhism as a backdrop and with many personal interviews.Written by a member of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) for the What Buddhism Can Offer series.
The author draws on her personal experience as a mother and Buddhist practitioner and research with Buddhist parents within her Western Buddhist tradition to identify the key opportunities and obstacles for growth inherent within parenting: loving and letting go; giving, yet more giving and the need for time out; learning what presses our buttons - and what to do; dealing creatively even with the bits you don't like; and transforming everyday tasks into spiritual practice.
"We are trying not to separate "spiritual" aspects of ourselves or activities from the day-to-day realities of raising children, housework, and earning a living. After all, if we don't explore, honour, and live our spiritual aspirations now, when will we do so?"
"Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings." The Buddha.