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by The Academic Activist:

"Sexual misconduct" be classified as in Buddhism?
As in; what would count as 'sexual misconduct'?

Answer by discocisco
like lube up. be gentle.

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Different Buddhists would have different interpretations on the meaning of this precept. Taken conservatively, it would mean no sex outside of a heterosexual marriage. Not much different from Christianity in that respect. Although most Buddhists in the Wests have a less conservative approach than the Asian Buddhists.

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things you get arrested for

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A married man having an extramarital affair would be an example of sexual misconduct.

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Rape. and probably buggery.

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I would hope that, Buddhism being much more enlightened that certain other religions, sexual misconduct would simply be sexual practices that hurt other people. Cheating, rape, pedophilia, that kind of stuff.

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It varies, basically if you think it's misconduct (you know what you are doing is wrong) it's misconduct. Stop looking for loopholes

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It can vary.
http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com/2009/03/sexual-misconduct-defined.html
^That link deals with most of it.

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If the sexual act referring brings unhappiness to you, others or to the society, it is considered as an act of sexual misconduct. These are not laws imposed by Buddha. He only elucidates how to think and act on your own.

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Heya Liam!
In Asian Buddhist culture this would mean strict morality.
In Western Buddhism this means behave in a decent and considerate way sexually, and make thoughtful and wise sex choices. The reason for this precept is so that sex doesn't distract from meditation too much by creating guilt, shame, fear, anxiety, longing and so on.
The idea behind the precepts is to simplify life.
Asian Buddhists can be a little bit anally retentive about the precepts and I have found East Asian Buddhism has a distinctly totalitarian flavor. I recommend avoiding Goenka, a Burmese Buddhist group, because it's not compatible with Western freedoms.

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