The Eightfold Path and the Kitchen Sink:
The Path of Mothering and Homemaking

Jacqueline Kramer, Buddhist Practitioner and Author
Original date: Thursday, October 9, 2008

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Mothering and homemaking have been viewed as "distractions" on the Buddhist spiritual path. Taking a fresh look at the spiritual path of mothering and householding, we can see that rather than a distraction, it offers unique opportunities for spiritual development. What might that look like? These and other avenues will be explored.

Jacqueline Kramer has been studying and practicing Theravadin Buddhism for over 30 years, and received an Outstanding Women in Buddhism award in 2008 for her work with mothers. Jacqueline is the author of Buddha Mom—The Path of Mindful Mothering and 10 Spiritual Practices for Busy Parents. She directs the Hearth Foundation which offers online lay Buddhist practice classes on subjects such as creating a home practice, the 3 refuges, the 5 precepts, Buddha's advice to householders on relationships as well as death, dying and illness for families. These classes are offered freely in keeping with Buddhist tradition: Jacqueline's root teacher is Annagarika Dhamma Dinna who taught in the Sri Lankan tradition. She also studied with Ven. Ananda Maitreya, Achan Sobin Namto, Ven. Punnaji Mahathera and Ayya Khema.

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