And who are the nine? Aware of the suffering caused by violence: University of Hawai'i Press. Theravada Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka and Burma had no legal statutes against homosexuality between consenting adults until the colonial era when they were introduced by the British. Theravada Buddhism, also known as Southern Buddhism, is viewed as the more traditional form of Buddhism. Hsing Yun is a best-selling author throughout the Sinosphereas well as an advocate of Humanistic Buddhisman approach to reform Chinese Buddhism to match the needs of contemporary laypeople.
All the principles we would use to evaluate a heterosexual relationship we would also use to evaluate a homosexual one.
Few Christians today would agree with these ideas even though they are a part of God's words, and yet they continue to condemn homosexuality simply because it is condemned in the Bible. They must be celibate no matter what their sexual orientation or they cannot be considered monks or nuns in monastic Buddhism. Matteo Riccithe Jesuit missionary who lived in China for 27 years fromexpressed horror at the open and tolerant attitude that the Chinese took to homosexuality and naturally enough saw this as proof of the degeneracy of Chinese society. In the Samyutta Nikaya he uses this principle to advise against adultery.
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