Parents gaining merit for son's ordination - canonical support?

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Sati1
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Parents gaining merit for son's ordination - canonical support?

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Hello and happy new year to the Dhamma Wheel community,

I was wondering if anybody knows of any canonical texts that support the common belief that when a man ordains his parents will receive merit.

Many thanks, in the Dhamma,

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"I do not perceive even one other thing, o monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind" (AN 1.30, transl. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi)
"So this spiritual life, monks, does not have gain, honor, and renown for its benefit, or the attainment of moral discipline for its benefit, or the attainment of concentration for its benefit, or knowledge and vision for its benefit. But it is this unshakable liberation of mind that is the goal of this spiritual life, its heartwood, and its end," (MN 29, transl. Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi)
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Re: Parents gaining merit for son's ordination - canonical support?

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As far as I know, there is none. I think this belief arose as an ordinand requires a parents permission to ordain. So in a way, the parent "gives" their child to the sangha.
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Re: Parents gaining merit for son's ordination - canonical support?

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Ok, that makes sense. Thanks for the reply.
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"I do not perceive even one other thing, o monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind" (AN 1.30, transl. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi)
"So this spiritual life, monks, does not have gain, honor, and renown for its benefit, or the attainment of moral discipline for its benefit, or the attainment of concentration for its benefit, or knowledge and vision for its benefit. But it is this unshakable liberation of mind that is the goal of this spiritual life, its heartwood, and its end," (MN 29, transl. Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi)
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