“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.”

Lori wrote, saying:

A friend posted this quote in Facebook,

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one
another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.” Buddha

It didn’t sound like anything from the Buddha, so I Googled and found it here: http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/5229.html, but in my own searching, cannot find any suttas with this quote. I suspect it’s a false attribution.

This is indeed misattributed. It’s from a Japanese book, dating back to the 1960s in its English edition, called The Teaching of the Buddha.

There are some recognizable scriptures in this book, but for the most part it’s a book of modern interpretations of what Buddhism is, rather than a presentation of literally “the teaching of the Buddha.” It’s easy to see how the confusion would arise, given the title.

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