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The Daiai Lama on Homosexuality

Anyse J.
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 106
Many months ago, I corrected one of our people at the coffed and atheism group after he said that the Dalai Lama approved of homosexuality. I corrected him heartily that the Dalai Lama does not support homosexuality. Here is a set of things he said from Wikipedia because I read a policy paper of his that I can't find now that was even more succinct and negative than this:


In his view, oral, manual and anal sex (both homosexual and heterosexual) are not acceptable in Buddhism or for Buddhists, but society should tolerate gays and lesbians from a secular point of view.[66] In 1997 he explained that the basis of that teaching was unknown to him and that he at least had some "willingness to consider the possibility that some of the teachings may be specific to a particular cultural and historic context" while reiterating the unacceptable nature saying, "Buddhist sexual proscriptions ban homosexual activity and heterosexual sex through orifices other than the vagina, including masturbation or other sexual activity with the hand... From a Buddhist point of view, lesbian and gay sex is generally considered sexual misconduct".[67] In a 1994 interview with OUT Magazine, the Dalai Lama explained "If someone comes to me and asks whether homosexuality is okay or not, I will ask 'What is your companion's opinion?'. If you both agree, then I think I would say 'if two males or two females voluntarily agree to have mutual satisfaction without further implication of harming others, then it is okay'".[68] However, in his 1996 book Beyond Dogma, he clearly states, "A sexual act is deemed proper when the couples use the organs intended for sexual intercourse and nothing else....Homosexuality, whether it is between men or between women, is not improper in itself. What is improper is the use of organs already defined as inappropriate for sexual contact."[69] He has said that sex spelled fleeting satisfaction and trouble later, while chastity offered a better life and "more independence, more freedom".[70] He says that problems arising from conjugal life could even lead to suicide or murder.[71] The Dalai Lama has said that all religions have the same idea about adultery.[72]
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