I have seen that in Buddhist as well as Hindu traditions, parents are considered as benevolent beings who should be venerated and put in a pedestal. Stories, verses, and myths about praises for parents are plenty.
However, toxic parenting must have been present in the past and surely there could be something about evil parents in some Buddhist teaching? Consider parents who are narcissist, control-freaks, irresponsible, or just plain unqualified to raise kids in a healthy manner. Parents who treat their children as their possessions and not independent beings should not receive the same praises, should they? There are enough parents who constantly put down and actively try to harm their own children. How could one say that such parents are saintly beings? How does the act of being a parent by simply giving birth and doing the bare minimum that everyone does makes someone a noble person? Almost everybody in the world would be noble by that definition.
Don't children who had bad parenting deserve more compassion and respect? Could someone point me to Buddhist stories and teachings, and mantras/verses talking about the evils of megalomaniac and narcissist individuals who are terrible parents?
- Relationship with bad parents (kamma and issues)
- How should a Buddhist approach honoring parents who abused them?
- Must I continue a relationship with my abusive parents?
- I want to leave my mother
- What does Buddhism teach about abusive parents?
- Not listening to parents is bad karma?
- I need an answer as to why i received a mother who makes me feel like an outcaste?
- What did Buddha say about dysfunctional families for novice practitioners?