Most parents want the best for their children. Many focus on two areas to protect their children's well being and broaden their prospects: wealth and knowledge. According to Sima Guang, both are not important. Extreme wealth in the family often cultivates immature offsprings who likely will lose the family fortune quickly. How about passing on your knowledge? Assuming your children are still listening to you, they do not necessarily understand the significance of the knowledge and apply it correctly. Ultimately, they have their own lives and choices, and parents have no control over their prospects whatsoever.
So what can parents do? Focusing more on doing good deeds themselves. I believe this is beneficial in two ways: first, parents will set a good example of good character for children to learn from; second, according to Sima Guang, those good deeds may eventually bear fruit that may somehow benefit your offspring in unpredictable ways. Note that the second point above is an extension of the "cause and effect" (ie. Karma (因果/業)) concept in Buddhism where causes (or doings, 因) are interlinked closely with results (or fruits, 果).
A very good copy of the precepts can be found inside the 400-year-old Japanese Buddhist Temple, Dannohorinji (檀王法林寺
), Kyoto, Japan (6
KS Vincent Poon Dec. 2015
Calligraphy rewritten Jan. 11, 2018
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