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Buddhist Parenting

by Karunagita

This is another great talk from the 'Dharma Warriors' series given at the Buddhafield Festival. Karunagita is the author of 'Growing as a Parent - What Buddhism Has to Offer', and here she presents some of that material to an audience of summer loving practitioners under the blue skies of Devon. Settle back and enjoy the sound of drums, kids' voices, and Karunagita's perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of raising a child as part of your practice of the Dharma. She encourages us to see and accept the gifts of love, letting go and awareness (of our limitations and of our mortality) that are inherent in the life of any parent - and we catch a hint of the growth and wisdom that are possible for the heart as it opens to meet its experience in the most fundamental relationship of all.

Talk given at the Buddhafield Festival, Devon 2006

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1. Introduction (1:17) 
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2. Karunagita introduces her story as a Buddhist parent; opportunities to develop spiritually as a parent (4:18) 
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3. Love and letting go as a parent - the heart opening of parenthood and the pitfalls of loving our children (7:08) 
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4. Awareness and spiritual progress as a parent; awareness of what presses our buttons; children as our mirror (5:42) 
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5. Growth, wisdom and insight as parents on the Buddhist path; the preciousness of our children's lives (5:55) 


Total running time: 24:20