“To support mother and father, to cherish partner and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.”

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This is a genuine quote from the Buddhist scriptures. It’s from the Mangala Sutta.

“To support mother and father, to cherish partner* and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.”

*In the original it’s “wife,” rather than partner. The language has been changed to make it more inclusive.

3 thoughts on ““To support mother and father, to cherish partner and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.””

  1. This is the greatest blessing? Doesn’t sound like something Buddha taught. The greatest blessing is to avoid rebirth by overcoming attachments & realizing no self. I think this is a case of a real quote from a sutta that does not reflect what Buddha’s real message was…

    Maybe we could say this is the greatest worldly blessing.

  2. It seems that the act of doing rather than receiving is the blessing. To give love requires that we give up being wrapped up in our selves. This related the the Buddhist concept of non-attachment. Of course you may be correct that it is only part of a whole answer.

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