On behalf of the Buddhist Missionary Society I wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to many of our devoted members for all the help and services rendered in the preparation of this book. Vijaya Samarawickrama for undertaking the editorial work, Mr. Chong Hong Choo for their valuable assistance and Mr. Tan Teik Beng JSM, SMS, KMN, PKT Vice President, Buddhist Missionary Society Former Director, Department of Education, Selangor.
20 December 1986 From the Buddhist point of view, marriage is neither holy nor unholy.
In the Sigalovada Sutta, the Buddha gives good advice on how to maintain peace and harmony in the home between husband and wife in order to achieve a happy married life.
Parental responsibilities for children and the children's duties toward parents are also clearly mentioned in the Sutta as useful guidelines for the attainment of a happy home. Author stresses the important point that marriage is a partnership of two individuals and that this partnership is enriched and enhanced when it allows the personalities involved to grow.
At the same time, curiosity drives us to find out about the facts of life, through peer discussion and book reading.
The present time is most opportune for a book of this nature to be published to provide the followers of the Buddhist religion, in particular the young, with a clear understanding of life's important matters like love, sex and marriage which will not only help them to live a happy married life but also assist them to lead peaceful and contented lives.Although all religions provide advice and guidelines for their adherents to practice in order to attain happiness in life, more often than not, these advices and guidelines are ignored owing to man's craving, hatred and illusion.Many people who experienced frustrations and sufferings hope and pray to find happiness for present life and here after; others, though enjoying a large measure of happiness on earth, are still not contented and crave for eternal bliss in heaven after leaving this world.Very often, we consider childhood days to be a period of happiness.
In reality, as children we do not understand what happiness is.Under the protection of our parents, we pass our days in a perpetual round of enjoyment which undoubtedly gives us pleasure.