Our duties as children, parents and students

Our duties as children, parents and students

When we spend time with our elders, make a sincere effort to care for their well-being, as they have cared for us in the past.

Excerpt of a Dhamma talk by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda

The Buddha says, it is incumbent of the lay follower to duly discharge his obligations toward his parents, teachers, wife and children, friends and companions, servants and work-people and religious teachers.  This is called protecting the six quarters.  Sons and daughters should realise the fact that it was primarily due to parents that they have attained the present state.  They should make it their binding duty to provide them with food, clothes, medicine and all essential comforts and make life easy and comfortable to them so long as they live.

The child of means should make it his particular duty to tend his parents in their old age with all due care.  They should maintain the lineage and tradition of the family by restoring, if need be, the family honour.  Parents thus ministered by their children, should show them compassion and tenderness of heart by restraining them from vice, exhorting them to virtue, training them in trades and professions of skill, contracting marriage for them in suitable age and by handing over to them their estate and inheritance when the time comes

Pupils, in beholding their teachers should out of respect and veneration, rise from their seats in salutation.  They should wait upon them, show an eagerness to learn and render them personal service.  They should attentively follow and receive instructions.  Teachers thus ministered to by their pupils should, out of compassion, train them well in all what they know and make them thorough in the varies arts.  They should speak well of them among their companions and protect them from danger.