The Father and Mother Sutra

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The Father and Mother Sutra (Skt. Pitṛmātṛsūtra; Tib. ཕ་མའི་མདོ།, Wyl. pha ma’i mdo) — this short sutra was taught to an audience of monks in the Jeta Grove in Shravasti. In it, the Buddha explains, by means of similes, the importance of venerating and attending to one’s father and mother. The Buddha concludes by stating that those who venerate their father and mother are wise, for in this life they will not be disparaged, and in the next life they will be reborn in the higher realms.[1]


There is no known Sanskrit version of this sutra, and it survives only in Tibetan canonical translations.

Tibetan Translation

The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 315. The text has been classified by Tibetan tradition as a sutra of the Shravakayana.


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.