The Original Buddhist Views Of Life

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It is firstly important to discuss the original Buddhist views of life including sex in Ancient India due to the fact that interpretations of them have changed in more modern years. Siddhartha Gautama, “himself as a prince was brought up surrounded by concubines” (Walshe 1). Gautama as the Prince was essentially someone who was not bothered by nor had reservations about sexual activity. Therefore, it was not until he became an ascetic that he changed those views. After his enlightenment he then believed that all men should not have unlawful sexual relations. Unlawful meant not stealing the wife of someone or any woman who was still protected by a family member, namely her parents. In addition to this, Siddhartha Gautama’s original Four Noble Truths reveal ideas that can be adapted to sexual activity. According to these, “the first noble truth, the truth of suffering (dukkha in Pali) refers to the pain, distress, suffering, anxiety, and dissatisfaction that physically and particularly mentally exist within us” (Tsering 8). The second noble truth is one that pertains to the origin of suffering, which is desire and attachment. Attachment to all things is the sole reason for suffering. Of these noble truths, the second is the most pertinent to sexual activity and sexual ethics, which will be discussed later. In the more modern Buddhist traditions, monastics and clergy have a particular view on sexual activity. There is a specific monastic ethical code that they must follow. In…

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