Since it is mother's day tomorrow, I thought there ought to be a post here to pay tribute to mothers.
Buddha's mother Queen Maya passed away 7 days after his birth. She was reborn in Tavatimsa Heaven, or the Land of the Thirty-three Heavens, so-called because it has thirty-three different types of gods.
After attaining enlightenment, Buddha wanted to repay his mother's kindness, so he went to Tavatimsa Heaven to teach Abbhidharma to his mother. He stayed there for 3 months, where he also taught the other gods living there, and returned on the day now known as Buddha's Return from Heaven Day.
It is said that a mother's love is one of the closest to being unconditional love, and the practice of boddhichitta begins with remembering the kindness of our mothers and seeing that all beings had been our mothers.
If you are a mother, how has motherhood helped in your spiritual practice? If you are not (yet) a mother, would you want to become a mother (in this life or next life =p)? Why?