The Sutra of Filial Piety
(or Sutra on the Profundity of Filial Love
, Sutra on Parental Benevolence
) is an apocryphal sutra
composed in China and apparently an exercise in Buddhist apologetics
The text attempts to synthesise native Confucian ideals with Buddhist teachings and was probably produced by Chinese Buddhist monks in imitation of the Confucian Classic of Filial Piety. The sutra seeks to refute Confucian criticism that Buddhism's traditionally monastic focus undermines the virtue of ﬁlial piety.
The sutra is still highly popular in China and Japan and in the latter is sometimes used as a focus in Naikan-type introspection practices.