My age is such that many of my peers are either having kids or are thinking of doing so. From what I can see as an outsider, being a parent can bring great fulfilment and meaning into one's life. Those that do it right have my complete admiration.
Now one can end up playing a parent's role in several ways: by partnering with someone who already has children, adopting an abandoned child or an orphan, by accident due to contraceptive failure and, finally, through deliberate decision to procreate.
It's that last one that I am curious about from the Buddhist perspective, as our society by and large places the expectation of passing one's genes along on pretty much everyone. There is a lot of anxiety about "biological clock" and suffering around fertility issues.
So, given that Buddhism views worldly life as fundamentally wrought with suffering, something that needs to be transcended or at least seen through...can this very common desire to make one's own children be considered compatible with Buddhism?
In my head the answer has so far been a resounding "no". I do not see myself willingly pursuing procreation even though those other ways of being a parent may very well end up being mine. Any other takes on this?