Gay buddhism

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This, together with Buddhism's rational approach to ethics and the high regard it has always given to tolerance, has meant that homosexuals in Buddhist societies have been treated very differently form how they have been in the West. Nor should he go near the five types of unmanly men or have any close dealings with them. The relationship between Buddhism and sexual orientation varies by tradition and teacher. De Silva writes, "Generally the attitude has been one of tolerance. Vasubandhu, a teacher who came several centuries after the Buddha, discouraged homosexuality. The vast majority of Buddhists do not practice in his tradition -- however much they respect and admire him -- and the Tibetan texts the Dalai Lama refers to were written centuries after the Buddha had come and gone. Buddhism teaches to, and expects from, its followers a certain level of ethical behaviour.

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The current Dalai LamaTenzin Gyatso, follows the traditional Tibetan Buddhist assertion that inappropriate sexual behaviour includes lesbian and gay sex, and indeed any sex other than penis-vagina intercourse with one's own monogamous partner, including oral sex, anal sex, and masturbation.

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Gay Marriage: What Would Buddha Do?

Most Mahayana teachings assert that all beings who correctly practice the dharma may reach enlightenment, since all possess an innate buddha nature. Quoting Sponberg13— Despite that, the book is much needed I think for the gay community, as Buddhism provides a method that works and brings true peace that we gays desperately need. Contrary to popular perception, the Dalai Lama does not speak for all Buddhists. At its worst, it has meant that those who did not or could not conform to Christian standards have been cruelly exposed and persecuted. However, it will still take some time for the world to fully accept homosexuality.

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Write a customer review. The key factor differentiating the divergent stances is the author's conceptualisation of the origin of homosexuality; those who, taking a liberal stance, maintain that it is a condition which is outside the conscious control of homosexual men and women and has its origins in past misdeeds, whereas those who maintain that homosexuality is a wilful violation of ethical and natural principles takes an antagonistic position. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The relationship between Buddhism and sexual orientation varies by tradition and teacher. There seems to be little evidence for this. Incapable of showing restraint, such a being is abandoned by their parents and lacking such ties are unable to hold strong views.

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