Thích Trừng Sỹ
Feelings of Parents’ Day in Buddhism
Namo The Original Master Sakyamuni Buddhaya
As we know, Western culture refers to two separate mother’s and father’s holidays. Every year, the second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day, the third Sunday of June is Father’s Day.
According to Buddhist culture, Vu Lan’s Ceremony Day is Father’s and Mother’s Day. While my parents are still living in life, we pray for them to increase their merit, happiness, longevity. When our parents passed away, we pray for them to be born up to a peaceful realm by listening to the scriptures, practicing, and applying the Buddha’s teachings, namely the Five Ethical Trainings into daily life to benefit the many right in the present life.
Furthermore, we know that every day is Mother’s day and everyday is also Father’s day. On the occasion of the great Ceremony of Filial Vu Lan, we remember the grateful merit of birth, nurturing, and education of our parents.
Parents are those who give birth to us, raise us up, take care of us, and want us to become talented, virtuous, useful, and helpful people for the family, school, and society by practicing right view, right thinking, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right recognition, illumination, and right concentration.
Thanks to the grateful merit of nurturing and teaching of our parents, we grow up in life. The merit of parents is compared to the high and stable like a green mountain, as wide as the sea. It is very happy for those who still have fathers and mothers in life. It is very unfortunate for those who have no fathers and mothers in life. It is also unfortunate for those who still have fathers and mothers, who do not know and do not understand the grateful merit of birth and nurture of fathers and mothers.
Be aware of this, on the occasion of Filial Vu Lan’s season, as filial children, when knowing that our parents are still alive, please cherish our parents’ remaining life, then right today, we are fresh roses, sweet ripe fruits to offer our parents fresh smiles, wholesome actions, and loving speech to our parents.
If we live far away from our parents, by modern means of today, we should take advantage of making a phone to ask our parents’ health right away. When our parents hear about health wishes to our parents, they immediately become happy and healthy.
If our parents no longer live in life, by practicing the Buddhadharma and upholding the Three Jewels, we would like to wholeheartedly pray for our parents to be born in a peaceful world.
May you all be permeated into Dharma learning, Dharma practice, Dharma joy, Dharma happiness.
Namo Great Filial Piety of Moggallāna Bodhisattva
By Ven. Thích Trừng Sỹ
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