Sutra of Filial Piety
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The Sutra of Filial Piety (or Sutra on the Profundity of Filial Love, Sutra on Parental Benevolence) is an apocryphal sutra composed in China and apparently an exercise in Buddhist apologetics. It is claimed to have been translated by the monk Kumārajīva.
The text attempts to synthesise native Confucian ideals with Buddhist teachings and was probably produced by Chinese Buddhist monks in imitation of the Confucian Classic of Filial Piety. The sutra seeks to refute Confucian criticism that Buddhism's traditionally monastic focus undermines the virtue of ﬁlial piety.
- Ch'en, Kenneth (1968). Filial Piety in Chinese Buddhism, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 28, 81-97
- The Filial Piety Sutra The Deep Kindness of Parents & Difficulty in Repaying It
- A translation of one version of the Sutra
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