What does Buddhism have to say about children, education, marriage, aging, and death? Family values were not the cornerstone of the Buddha's teachings. This can be seen in the example of his own life: finding the way beyond suffering was more important than his wife, newborn son, or duty to his father's expectations. The Buddhist sangha has a strong monastic component. Yet at the same time, the Buddha and the Buddhisms that have developed over the past two millennia are not anti-family at all, as this chapter will explore.