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To: talk.religion.buddhism
From: rick 
Subject: Re: Buddha on Homosexuality
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 18:03:20 -0500

Robert -

Thanks for the wonderful reference.

Robert Austin wrote: 
> wlagasca@mail.sdsu.edu (Warren v. Lagasca) wrote: 
> >What is Buddha's view on homosexuality?  I need to know this for a speech
> >I have to make, so please reply promptly.  Thank You!
 
> check out http://www2.hawkesbury.uws.edu.au/BuddhaNet/homosexu.htm
> for a thorough essay on Buddhism and homosexuality.

Here's the key paragraph, for those who don't want to go net-surfing:

"As homosexuality is not explicitly mentioned in any of the Buddha's
discourses (more than 20 volumes in the Pali Text Society's English
translation), we can only assume that it is meant to be evaluated in
the same way that heterosexuality is. And indeed it seems that this is
why it is not specifically mentioned. In the case of the lay man and
woman where there is mutual consent, where adultery is not involved
and where the sexual act is an expression of love, respect, loyalty
and warmth, it would not be breaking the third Precept. And it is the
same when the two people are of the same gender. Likewise promiscuity,
license and the disregard for the feelings of others would make a
sexual act unskillful whether it be heterosexual or homosexual. All
the principles we would use to evaluate a heterosexual relationship we
would also use to evaluate a homosexual one. In Buddhism we could say
that it is not the object of one's sexual desire that determines
whether a sexual act is unskillful or not, but rather the quality of
the emotions and intentions involved."

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