Is Buddhism really a pro-gay religion?
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July 18, 2019 / By Lewis Question:
Many 'western' Buddhists have convinced themselves that Buddhism is pro-gay, or at least neutral on gays, because there is nothing in Buddhism which is specifically anti-gay. This is in contrast with the 'desert' religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity which are explicitly homophobic.
Much of western Buddhism is really a make believe religion created in its participants' minds as a reaction against the bits they don't like about the religion they inherited from their parents.
'Ethnic' forms of Buddhism, as found in Japan, Korea, etc are practiced by the locals. In my lengthy experience, they tend to be homophobic in mainstream life and in Buddhist life as well.
Interestingly, western and ethnic Buddhists don't really spend much time together. The western Buddhists are uncomfortable with the cognitive dissonance of meeting homophobic Buddhists and the ethnics think the westerners are weird.
Well, that was my experience. What experience,or impressions, have you had?
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Japhet | 8 days ago
Hi there, I grew up with parents who are practising Buddhists and it's something which has always interested me very much so I was intruiged to see you question here on yahoo answers. I wont bore you with a complicated explanation but in my opinion Buddhism isn't a religion. It is practised as a religion in several Eastern cultures, but often this practise is removed from the central teachings of the Buddha found in the Pali canon. Your reference to Western Buddhism as a "make-believe religion" is something I would also question. In fact, the impact Buddhism is having on the West is more in terms of Psychology than religion, take for example the emergence of mindfulness based cognitive therapy and centres such as the insight meditation society in the USA. Meditation techniques are taught in the same way that the Buddha taught them but it is not in a 'religious' context. Ofcourse this could be seen as a reaction to our Christian heritage, and I do believe that we are losing something important if we reject everything about Buddhism other than it's psychological benefits, because the Buddha was not teaching a recipe for happiness or to ease stress, he taught about enlightenment and that we shouldn't get complacent and wrapped up in the happy states we may encounter on the way. Wherever Buddhism has gone, be it Japan, Tibet or the USA, it is understandably shaped by the culture... if you encounter homophobia from Buddhist Koreans does this make Buddhism a homophobic 'religion'? I would say not. In fact it's hard to pinpoint what is Buddhist and what is not, because the Pali Canon itself was transmitted orally for hundreds of years before it was written down meaning many commentaries became canonized and mistakenly taken as the Buddha's teachings. Some of these are easy to pick out because of their historical context, but with many of the misogynstic passages it is hard to verify their heritage. Anyway it seems to me that the Buddha pointed to checking things out for yourself... through mindfulness we can investigate ourselves and develop wisdom and compassion. I really believe that through some of the people I have met. It's the 21st century and hopefully many of us are coming to accept that it's not harming anybody... It's hard to see how anything in any of the Buddhist texts could take issue with whether it's a man and a woman, 2 men or 2 women. Sorry I went on a bit... hope i helped.
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From what I understand it was made up by some guy, who is just like us. No gods or God that I know of. Karma is like what comes around goes around, but I know better than that. People waiting on karma to kick in don't always seem to get what they feel they deserve. I'm not sure if Buddhist believe in karma and rebirth or not. A thought about rebirth though, what is the point in living this life if that is the case? If you have a bad experience you could just kill yourself and hope you are reborn into a wonderful life. No working hard to make life better for yourself, no reason to anyway. The thought of rebirth makes no sense to me, but neither does Buddha since he is not God.
Buddhism doesn t say anything to non buddhists on the subject. However, if someone is a Buddhist and they want to follow That relion, it seems from what I read that the whole basis of Homosexuality is in temperate, Homosexuality is the basis for the gay or lesbian s whole identity. THat would seem antithetical to Buddhism. Nothing can be the whole basis of your identity. I could be wrong but that is attachment. (for example, there s no hetero sexual chiors or channels or newspapers, but there are those things all based on gay identity and that s why I think it s incompatible with Buddhist teachings. They don t say much about it, because talking about it creates more attachment.
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I spend a lot of time with the ethnic Buddhists. My teachers have all been either Sri Lankan monks or Tibetan monks. Any many Tibetans come to the classes and pujas that I attend.
My primary teacher, here in the West, for the past 12 years, is a Tibetan and a monk for over 40 years ..he entered the Dalai Lama's monastery at the age of 13, and eventually earned his Geshe degree in Buddhism (equivalent of a Master's degree in Buddhism).
He doesn't talk much about sexuality, except to say that we should not harm or hurt others in any way, and that includes sexuality.
But he is not pro-gay.
From a monk's perspective, both homosexual AND heterosexual desire is only one more type of desire.
And from a monk's perspective, seeing as they live with other monks, heterosexuality is discouraged.
And he definitely has some degree of prejudice against homosexuality, but he only made a reference to it once in 12 years of weekly classes.
We had a lesbian couple in the class at the time and one of then stopped attending after that comment. And he doesn't talk about homosexuality any more. Maybe it's just a coincidence .. because the other female still kept on coming. And eventually the two of them broke up. I don't know, and I'm not going to pry.
But not ... definitely not pro-gay, but then not "pro" the following of ANY desire. They don't prohibit following desires ... just tell you that this is not how to find freedom or enlightenment, and that it's best not to get caught up in automatically following desires.
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Buddhism is more of a guideline, not as By The Written Manuel as Christianity or Islamic belief structures. You can be Buddhist and another Religion, Buddhists are very open minded to sexual orientation.
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human beings have an innate distaste for Homosexuality. We even have good judgment, which tells us that there's no longer something incorrect with it. in view that Buddhism takes no place on homosexuality, a super variety of folk fall returned in this 'inner distaste'. you're ultimate. Asian Buddhists have a tendency to concentration on prepare extremely than philosophy and their Buddhism is blended with community religions (like Taoism) interior the way that Christianity absorbed some Pagan rituals and ideology.
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In Buddhism, not so. Neither pro nor anti. In sexual misconduct, gay and lesbian are not included as much as I know. In monastic tradition, all sexual activities are prohibited indiscriminately.
Socially we have to deal with this. I doubt ancient people had to deal with this issue at all. In ancient time, life was hard. So everyone would be just busy in their farms or similar lifestyles. They had to defend themselves quite extremely though. Little time for such issues.
But now gay and lesbian are big issues. People had more time for them. So if Buddhists countries have to deal with these issues, they will handle it socially rather than as religious issues.
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Buddhism itself doesn't deal with gay issues
The local culture deals with gay issues more than the religion does.
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