Embracing Family

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As we enter the second ring of the Wheel of Engaged Buddhism we begin to explore fields in our world in which we can engage mindfully. The first field we explore is that of the family.

The image for this path in the Wheel portrays an adult and a child holding hands.

Do you consider the family a path of practice or an obstacle to your practice? Do you struggle with what feels like the conflicting attractions of practice and family? Can changing a diaper, sitting with an ill parent, working through a disagreement with a spouse, and other such activities be genuine paths of engaged practice?

At home, the ancient ideals of wisdom and compassion are none other than understanding and love. Bodhisattva mind is expressed as selflessness, the willingness to put aside one's own needs for the sake of others.