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  Buddhist Channel | Buddhism News, Headlines | Letters | The Buddhist orientation of homosexuality
The views on homosexuality in the history of Buddhism have often varied with different cultures and social circumstances, just as the views on war and monastic ideas have.
Buddhists will agree that homosexual orientation is determined prior to birth, but that doesn't mean the homosexual is off the hook.
Homosexuals were thus problematic for both groups and rules were set forth curtailing their behavior insofar as they wished to be associated with the Buddhist community.
www.buddhistchannel.tv /index.php?id=22,1763,0,0,1,0   (866 words)

  Islamic views of homosexuality
Note that homosexuality, as a psychological disposition, is not technically against the Sharia, which governs the physical actions, and not the inner thoughts and feelings.
In Saudi Arabia, homosexuals may be killed for their practices, although in practise this is not usually done unless the state perceives a threat to its power http://www.sodomylaws.org/world/saudi_arabia/saudinews19.htm.
In Afghanistan at least 10 homosexuals are known to have been executed for their sexual conduct by the Taliban.
www.datamass.net /is/islamic-views-of-homosexuality.html   (1168 words)

  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Religion and homosexuality
In some, including the traditional branches of the Abrahamic religions, homosexuality is a mortal sin; while in others, it is entirely acceptable.
AIDS as punishment Some religious people (often considered extremists) who consider homosexuality a sin interpret AIDS as a punishment exacted by God for homosexual behavior, the concept that AIDS is a "gay plague".
Religion, homosexuality, and legislation Opposition to equal rights protections, gay marriage, and hate crimes legislation is often informed by religious beliefs.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/re/Religion_and_homosexuality   (238 words)

 Buddhist views of homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Most Buddhist schools construe this to means that monks and nuns are to practice celibacy.
Therefore, there is no definite Buddhist view on homosexuality except to say that celibacy is ideal.
It is worth noting that the Dalai Lama, while somewhat ambiguous on certain terms of homosexuality, has openly campaigned for and supported equal rights for homosexuals.
www.xasa.com /wiki/en/wikipedia/b/bu/buddhist_views_of_homosexuality.html   (191 words)

 Teachings on Chastity and Premarital Sex in All Faiths -- Beliefnet.com
Buddhists believe that sex before marriage is not immoral if there is love and consent between the two parties involved.
According to Buddhist precepts, as long as the act of sex does not cause harm to you or another person in any way, it is permissible.
However, sex is viewed as "the generative force in nature and is seen by most pagans as something utterly sacred.
www.beliefnet.com /features/chastity_chart.html   (757 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Homosexuality laws of the world   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Christian psychologists in Europe also attempted to rationalize the negative views of sodomy predominant in Europe in the Middle Ages with secular language, calling it a disease, by which means it was later absorbed as non-religious science in Communist states.
Male homosexuality is illegal in Ethiopia and female homosexuality is overlooked in the law.
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www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Homosexuality-laws-of-the-world   (6107 words)

 Buddhist views of homosexuality
The Buddhist stance on homosexuality is vague, and most of the information regarding it is to be found in the precept against "Immoral Sexual Practice".
As the name implies, this is a very vague precept which can be taken as a condemnation of anything from pre-marital sex to homosexuality.
Some people believe that the definition of morality in any of the precepts means the dominating view of morality of the culture in which Buddhism is practiced.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/bu/Buddhist_views_of_homosexuality.html   (105 words)

 Safe Space   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1991 delegates issued a letter stating that homosexuality is not God's wish for humanity, rejected the sanctioning of same-sex unions, and forbade the ordination of openly gay clergy.
It does, however, distinguish between homosexual orientation, which it considers morally neutral, and homosexual behavior, which it considers to be sinful.
While the letter said fundamental rights of homosexual men and women were to be respected and defended, it insisted sexual intimacy be limited to man and wife in a marriage.
www.safespace.gatech.edu /manual9.html   (1112 words)

 Sodomy laws in world religions -- Beliefnet.com
Buddhists generally believe that all sexual desire is something to overcome, like other forms of attachment.
Buddhists do not believe that humans have an obligation to procreate, and celibacy is seen by many Buddhist traditions as a step on the path to enlightenment.
Buddhist teaching doesn't normally distinguish between what type of sex is appropriate and what is not, though some believe Buddhism prohibits oral and anal sex.
www.beliefnet.com /story/128/story_12888_2.html   (470 words)

 guw-010 Buddhism and homosexuality
Ordinary Buddhists (ie those who are not monks or nuns) try to live in accordance with five precepts, which are in effect promises or undertakings which we make to ourselves.
Buddhists believe that everything is subject to cause and effect, and all volitional actions have karmic consequences.
In fact, Buddhist ethics have been described as utilitarian, in that they are concerned less with "good" and "evil" and more with whether an action is "skilful", ie conducive to a good end in relation to the criteria mentioned above and whether it is motivated by good intentions (based upon generosity, love and understanding) 2.
www.yawningbread.org /guest_1997/guw-010.htm   (1894 words)

 Vancouver International Buddhist Progress Society
When Buddhists break their precepts, they are not to seek forgiveness of sin from a higher authority, such as God or a priest.
Although, traditionally, the main duties assigned to women were childbearing and housework, under the Buddhist point of view women are given equal status with men in their spiritual endeavor to gain wisdom and liberation.
Homosexuality applies to people who are sexually and emotionally attracted to others of the same sex, and is a kind of sex deviation.
www.vanibps.org /eng/information/eng_faq_ethical.htm   (2167 words)

 Buddhist Views - Buddhism News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Buddhist Views on Death and the Afterlife - From your About.com...
Buddhist View is an internet resource for those interested in or practicing any school of Buddhism.
Buddhists are welcome here to discuss their relationships...
www.buddhismnews.com /buddhism/buddhist-views.html   (203 words)

 Buddhist views of homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: )
While it would wrong to say that Buddhism is opposed to homosexuality, it would also be misleading to say that Buddhism is openly welcoming of homosexuality.
A Buddhist does not discuss issues of right and wrong and it would be very unusual for a Buddhist to tell others how to behave.
There is no answer, then, to the question, "Is homosexuality outlawed in Buddhism?" Still, it would not be surprising to see homosexuals expelled from Buddhist clergy or frowned upon, though this should not be construed as a condemnation of homosexuality.
www.fact-index.com /b/bu/buddhist_views_of_homosexuality.html   (428 words)

 Homosexuality and the Bible
The answer often seems to be that the happiest solution is for homosexuals to enter into long-term faithful relations in which they satisfy their sexual hungers in the context of growing mutual love and responsibility.
Sometimes the church uses the promiscuity of active homosexuals as evidence of the unacceptability of homosexual activity in general.
It is likely that a second reason for Paul's using homosexuality as his illustration of the immediate consequence of idolatry is that its public manifestations were typically associated with pagan temples.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=3357   (5243 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions About Buddhism
And even the Buddhist view of cosmology, which some may at first find farfetched, is a logical extension of the law of kamma.
According to Buddhist cosmology, when a living being[1] passes away he or she is reborn into one of thirty-one distinct "planes" or "realms" of existence, of which the human realm is just one.
Many Buddhists (and, of course, non-Buddhists) do eventually lose their appetite for meat out of compassion for other living creatures, but from the strict Theravada Buddhist perspective, the choice of whether or not to eat meat is purely a matter of personal preference.
www.cambodianbuddhist.org /english/website/bfaq.html   (8850 words)

There are probably elements of truth in both views — certainly love is influenced by hormones (such as oxytocin) and pheromones, and how people think and behave in love is influenced by their conceptions of love.
The conventional view in biology is that there are two major drives in love — sexual attraction and attachment.
Attachment between adults is presumed to work on the same principles that lead an infant to become attached to his or her mother or father.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/l/lo/love.html   (4005 words)

 An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics - Cambridge University Press
The book applies Buddhist ethics to a range of issues of contemporary concern: humanity’s relationship with the rest of nature; economics; war and peace; euthanasia; abortion; the status of women; and homosexuality.
Professor Harvey draws on texts of the main Buddhist traditions, and on historical and contemporary accounts of the behaviour of Buddhists, to describe existing Buddhist ethics, to assess different views within it, and to extend its application into new areas.
War and peace; Buddhist analyses of the causes of conflict; Solutions to conflict; Non-violent reflections on a violent world; The position of the soldier; Buddhist ‘justifications’ of and involvement in, violence; Buddhist action for peace in the modern world; 7.
www.cambridge.org /uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521556406   (499 words)

 HOMOSEXUALITY AND BISEXUALITY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It is caused by a genetic predisposition towards homosexuality, which is triggered in young children by some unknown element in the environment.
A number of groups, consisting of most gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their friends and families of origin, religious liberals, mental health professionals and their associations, civil libertarians, human sexuality researchers, etc. They tend to favor equal rights and protections for persons of all sexual orientations, including the right to marry, with special rights for none.
However, we have included many essays about homosexual rights in Canada, because about 5% of our website's visitors are from that country, and because events in Canada may indicate the direction that U.S. society will take in the future.
www.religioustolerance.org /homosexu.htm   (910 words)

 index   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Christians are divided in their beliefs and interpretation of the Bible on homosexuality and whether or not their society should accept it or not.
Hindu text has also been unclear about its views on homosexuality and thus is interpreted differently on whether or not it is acceptable.
Since there is no pattern in countries’ legislations and their connection to their main religion, I believe that homosexuality is accepted or rejected based on the countries’ cultures.
www.mtholyoke.edu /~kim20b/classweb/world_politics/analysis.html   (442 words)

 yax-338 Reflections on a meeting with the Ven Shi Ming Yi
We knew that nowhere in the Buddhist scriptures was there any mention about homosexuality, and Buddhist teachings about sexuality generally weren't skewed towards heterosexism, if one stripped away cultural overlays.
Separately, he mentioned that the Chairman of the Buddhist Federation, an older monk, had told him he should not be responding to the press on this issue.
You (or any of your Buddhist friends) may be interested in reading the experience of a gay Buddhist teacher in the US who managed to attain satori at the end of his 16-year gay relationship.
www.yawningbread.org /arch_2003/yax-338.htm   (2398 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions About Buddhism
It helps foster a healthy attitude towards Buddhist practice by encouraging the development of right view, and serves as a constant reminder both of the goal of practice and of the means to achieve that goal.
Many Buddhists do, however, find it invaluable to renew their commitment to the Triple Gem and to the precepts from time to time in a more formal way, enlisting the help of a good friend, a respected meditation teacher, or a member of the monastic community (Sangha) as a witness.
In Buddhist countries a couple might pay a visit to the local monastery shortly before or after their wedding to offer food to the monastic community, recite the refuges and precepts in a formal way, receive a little Dhamma instruction, and possibly receive a blessing or two from the monks.
www.accesstoinsight.org /lib/authors/bullitt/bfaq.html   (9881 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions
When Buddhists marry, they often request a teacher to bless them or perform prayers, but strictly spoken, a marriage is a worldly agreement between two people, usually based on attachment and desire, so it has generally little to do with spiritual advancement.
Buddhists are concerned not only for this life but for life after life, on and on.
However, from a Buddhist viewpoint, mental development will continue from life to life, because the nature of mind is such that if certain mental qualities are developed on a sound basis, they always remain and, not only that, can increase.
www.buddhism.kalachakranet.org /faq.html   (11427 words)

 BuddhaNet Magazine Article: Buddhist Sexual Ethics   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In traditional Buddhist terms, free from bondage, suffering, harm and danger, and free to take responsibility for our own wellbeing, and to contribute to that of others.
Some object to partial or total nudity, or masturbation, or cross-dressing, or sado-masochism, or homosexuality, or fetishism, or premarital sex, or oral, anal or group sex, or contracepted sex.
Of course, one can meet Buddhists from traditional backgrounds that do have a problem with non-procreative sex like homosexuality, just as we run into ones that are still challenged by gender equality.
www.buddhanet.net /winton_s.htm   (2482 words)

 International Gay & Lesbian Review: Dear Uncle Go: Male Homosexuality in Thailand
In Jackson's scheme, “homosexuality” is not seen as a specific term applicable only to those whose construction of sexuality is rooted in Western ideology, but a far more broad term that might include any form of homoeroticism in any culture (3).
In this system, Thai male friendships are often openly homosocial, but to be publicly identified as “homosexual” is considered shameful, which results in the loss of face.
The letters also seem to be in conflict with the Buddhist notion of “anicca,” or impermanence, that Jackson claims has a significant influence on how Thai's view sexuality and gender.
gaybookreviews.info /review/2620/564   (1990 words)

 Anglican views of homosexuality
Anglican views of homosexuality - Church of England.
Anglican views of homosexuality - Anglican Church of Tanzania
Anglican views of homosexuality - Church of the Province of Uganda
www.experiencefestival.com /anglican_views_of_homosexuality   (1911 words)

 groundviews » Homosexuality, Buddhism and Sri Lankan Society
The role of monks is to provide support to lay Buddhists in their day to day lives, yet currently monks live in fear of advising homosexuals because they may be labeled as homosexuals themselves.
Homosexual conduct was criminalised in the Island first by the Catholic Portuguese, then by the Roman-Dutch Law and eventually by the Ceylon Penal Code introduced in 1885 by the British Colonial Administration.
Buddhist concept of Nirvana or Enlightenment is a state where one has shed all attachments and has reached a point of true selflessness.
www.groundviews.org /2007/08/28/homosexuality-buddhism-and-sri-lankan-society   (3074 words)

 Damming the Dhamma
Women's entry into the Buddhist sangha is both highly significant and terribly dangerous within the worldview of this narrative.
This is a revised version of a paper presented at the Twelfth Conference of the International Association of Buddhist Studies in Lausanne, August, 1999.
For TheravĀda Buddhists, the idea of inevitable decline leads to "a fierce conservatism, devoted to the preservation for as long as possible of the Buddha's teachings in their original form.
www.buddhistinformation.com /damming_the_dhamma.htm   (7276 words)

 Buddhists on the Brain - Feature Article - ReligionFacts
But the controversy in question should take into account some of the contestation internal to the Buddhist side of the story: There is a history behind the peculiarly high-profile relations that various Buddhist traditions have to science.
Buddhists like Anagarika Dharmapala (an emissary to the 1893 World Parliament of Religions) in this way advanced the idea that it is Buddhism (and not Christianity) that is most compatible with the deliverances of science.
While certain trajectories of Buddhist thought might indeed be suggestively comparable with the philosophical projects of cognitive science, it is important to ask what is at stake (and for whom) when it is urged that Buddhism is uniquely compatible (if not coextensive) with science.
www.religionfacts.com /buddhism/features/buddhists-on-the-brain.htm   (665 words)

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