Now, for promoting Buddhist studies, there is need to emphasize upon the Pure Land Dharma Door, and teachings on the causes and effects of retribution.
Also, enable people who enter [your Buddhist] society, of each and every one, to abstain from killing, and to protect lives, with each and every one teaching well their sons and daughters [too].
The social disorder of the country, is due to lack of virtuous persons, with its root due to families without being taught well thus beginning.
And for family education, mothers’ education is even more urgent, thus with educating of daughters, compared in relation with educating of sons, even greater [in importance].
With virtuous daughters, thus are there virtuous wives and virtuous mothers.
Of people when young, having virtuous mothers, growing up to be virtuous wives, who wish not to be virtuous persons, this is not possible.
This is from the root source tidying and cleaning up, the good plan for seeking great peace [at home and in society].
May you sir, when promoting Buddhist studies, tirelessly with this inform of others, so that the Buddha’s teachings on worldly teachings can all be revitalised.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Reply letter to layperson Jiāng Yìyuán)
Key Summary: Of course, fathers should ideally play equal roles as mothers. However, as most mothers play a stronger nurturing and educating role at home, with more virtuous mothers, who teach their daughters (and sons) to be virtuous, they will grow up to be virtuous wives and mothers, (husbands and fathers), in turn also teaching their daughters (and sons) to be virtuous. Through this virtuous cycle, families and society can become more virtuous.
Namo Amituofo : Translation and key summary by Shen Shi’an