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❣️Buddhism and Sex ➰ ❣️Most monks and nuns follow the many rules of the Vinaya Pitaka. For example, monks and nuns who engage in sexual intercourse are "defeated" and are expelled automatically from the order. A monk should avoid even the appearance of impropriety by being alone with a woman. Nuns may not allow men to touch, rub, or fondle them anywhere between the collar-bone and the knees.
➰ ❣️In 1872, the Meiji (the early) government of Japan decreed that Buddhist monks and priests (but not nuns) should be free to marry if they choose to do so. In Japan today—and in schools of Buddhism imported to the West from Japan—the issue of monastic celibacy is decided differently from sect to sect and from monk to monk.
➰ ❣️Lay Buddhists—those who are not monks or nuns—must also decide for themselves whether the vague precaution against "sexual misconduct" should be interpreted as an endorsement of celibacy. ➰ ❣️What constitutes "misconduct" within Buddhism is less clear. The philosophy challenges us to think about sexual ethics very differently from how most of us have been taught. Buddhism shows us that we can reduce our selfishness, greed, and attachments, that we can cultivate loving kindness and compassion—and in doing so, we can increase the amount of good in the world.
➰ ❣️A person who remains in the grip of self-centered views and who has little compassion in his heart is not a moral person, no matter how many rules he follows. Such a person always finds a way to bend the rules to disregard and exploit others.
➰ ❣️Buddhism generally takes the attitude that sex between two people who love each other is moral, whether they are married or not. On the other hand, sex within marriages can be abusive, and marriage doesn't make that abuse moral.
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