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Little BuddhasChildren and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions$
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Vanessa R. Sasson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.001.0001

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“Give Me My Inheritance”

“Give Me My Inheritance”

Western Buddhists Raising Buddhist Children

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(p.428) Chapter 18 “Give Me My Inheritance”
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Little Buddhas
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Kristin Scheible

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.003.0018

For Western Buddhists, there is a palpable, practical tension between the perceived ideal of the celibate virtuoso and the demands of contemporary lay life. On a deeper “spiritual” level something structural is at work as well – the tension between the agency involved with the individualized, self-focused cultivation that is Western Buddhist practice, and the sense that it is a child’s right to encounter and choose to follow his or her own path in due time. What models are there for first generation Buddhists to follow or consider when raising their own children? What are some of the sources to which Western Buddhists have turned to help them navigate the complexities and challenges balancing their personal pursuits and perceived parenting responsibilities? How might the story of the Buddha’s own disbursement of his inheritance to his son Rahula resonate with Western Buddhists?

Keywords:   Western Buddhism, inheritance, children, meditation, practice, parenting, Rahula

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