The five precepts is one of the texts that contain the basic Buddhist code of ethics. The precepts are commitments to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication. Another text that is associated with the Buddhist ethical teaching’s is the vinaya. Vinaya can be translated to mean leading out, education and discipline this text also instructs the Buddhist on how to behave.
Buddhism has no rules prohibiting homosexuality but in the vinaya the Buddha is opposed to those who openly express homosexual desires and actions. The Buddhist texts do contain a large amount of relationships between men witch some believe to be of homosexual nature even though no sexual contact is mentioned in these instances.
Lay Buddhists are Buddhists that aren’t monks, are expected to follow the Five Precepts, the third of which is to “not engage in sexual misconduct”. What is sexual misconduct? I hear you say well to answer this Buddhists decide their actions by considering the following.
• Univerasalizability principle - "How would I like it if someone did this to me?"
• Consequences - Does the act causes harm and regret... [continues]
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