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The Essence of Filial Piety: The First Lesson to a Happy Life

The Essence of Filial Piety: The First Lesson to a Happy Life

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Dharma Master Cheng Yen frequently makes filial piety a central theme of her teachings, such as the stories in this book. While this concept of filial piety seems foreign to some readers, it can be understood as an extension of "Honor your father and mother." To be filial, we start by recognizing and being grateful for the hardship and dedication that our parents have experienced in bringing us into the world and raising us into adulthood. This includes the great pain of childbirth and all the sacrifices that parents make to raise their children. If we always keep their tremendous sacrifice and dedication in mind, we will remain grateful and honor our parents.

Filial piety is to serve our parents well and, on a grander scale, to serve the world well. When we do good deeds for society, have correct values, and walk on the right path, we will eventually reach the ultimate truth.