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Some questions about Buddhism and meditation?

1. What are Buddhist’s beliefs about homosexuality with men and women.. ? I have read that they think its a ‘consequence’ i truely cannot pursue this religion which i thought was peaceful and opened minded if this is the real belief.
2. With Zen Meditation is it best to look at something blank with your eyes open and being indoors? Such as a wall, floor, etc?
3. If you violate one of the 5 precepts such as drinking or something, what are the said conseqeunces?
4. What are Buddhist’s opinions about people who eat meat?
thanks any help or advice would be great

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  1. 1) It’s peaceful, but homesexuailty is a consequence according to it.
    2) At the base of the yogurt shop
    3) Lower transmigration
    4) Divided

  2. 1/. I would like to know the answer to that one myself.
    2/. Zen buddhists traditionally face a wall with half open eyes to meditate and they also do walking meditation. Some meditation is better then none. Pick whatever works best for you and stick to that for the time being.
    3/. Buddhist eithics is a cause and effect deal and there are degrees of morality. Thinking about killing someone isnt as bad as doing it but its still a bad thing. It is not so important to know the 5 precepts but to recognise how and why wrong action affects your path to enlightenment.
    4/ The Dalia Lama eats meat. Tibetan buddhists eat meat. Its better if you dont but its not the end of the world if you have to. ( The DL has a good excuse to eat meat – health reasons )
    I hope that helps – its a complicated subject

  3. I’ll do my best to answer 🙂
    1. Sexual preference (for lay followers) wasn’t highlighted as an area of concern by the Buddha. It doesn’t seem to matter as long as the intention is wholesome. Monks are celebate, so the question of sexual preference for them is moot.
    2. I’m not massively familiar with zazen but I’d say it’s common to focus on the breath.
    3. The consequences of doing anything unskillful is unwholesome kammavipaka.
    4. I’m a Buddhist. I eat meat. Some Buddhists don’t and I admire them greatly. I do believe my eating meat is unskillful, and I do so accepting the unwholesome kamma I create. As with all moral decissions, intention is key and it’s a personal matter 🙂

  4. 1) Homosexuality, like everything else in this world, is conditioned by causes, and so is a consequence of those causes. So is being hetro-. See
    http://dragonsgatetemple.yolasite.com/karma.php
    2) Soto Zen usually faces a blank wall, Rinzai usually face other meditators, non-Zen groups that do “Zen style” meditation usually face the shrine.
    3) You become gay. Just kidding! You build up more grasping and can develop complications in your life. See
    http://dragonsgatetemple.yolasite.com/morality.php
    4) Chinese Buddhists have a strong preference against meat (also they avoid eggs, fish, dairy products onions and garlic), but other groups don’t. The Buddha’s cousin Devadatta tried to get the Buddha to make the monks vegitarian. The Buddha absolutely refused. See
    http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma3/meat.html
    Even those rules were only for monks and nuns.
    Hope this eases your concerns. You can get a lot out of Buddhism.

  5. 1. This question has been chewed over seriously by the best teachers/lamas and there’s nothing really enough to holler and yelp about. In the Vinaya, though, sex of any kind isn’t helpful to attaining any kind of self-improvement. If the sexuality for those outside of having those vows isn’t causing any kind of harm to any other sentient beings then, by logic IMHO, there’s nothing to it.
    2. Zen meditation is usually done facing a wall, yes, but you’re not to focus on the wall, the source of the wall or anything else like that. Your eyes should be somewhere at a point where you’re skillfully meditating on what your teacher says that YOU should be focused on.
    3. The consequences are that you’re weaving yourself some bad karma, maybe by taking rebirth in an undesireable realm, or you’ll have no result.
    4. Many Buddhists eat meat, but a few lamas, after seeing how animals are slaughtered around here, they’ve chosen vegetarianism or veganism. I’m personally vegetarian. What others do, however, is NOT mine to judge.
    _()_

  6. You’ve tried the rest, now try the best. LOL just kidding, everyone must find the path best for them. As for me I am A Soka Gakkai Buddhist. I eat meat, I don’t smoke, or drink, but that’s just a personal choice. We are a International Buddhist lay organization, no priests , monks, just lay leaders who is not set above anyone else. We also have GLBT meetings for those members of that group, if they feel more at ease attending their own meeting. Every one is welcome at any meeting.

  7. 1. What if it is true? Open minded means being without preconditions so that you can see what is true or not. Belief is irrelevant to openness.
    2. Zen is not about looking or being indoors. It is when they attention moves beyond the mind and the mind becomes completely aware of itself.
    3. The consequences are what happens to you as a result of doing something.
    4. Depends on the Buddhist. It used to be very no-no until the Dalai Lama was advised by his doctors to start eating meat. All of a sudden ‘high up lamas realized that the pattern of cause and effect did not extend to meat that you bought, only that which you killed yourself’ (i’m quoting a tibetan buddhist here) and so luckily if you buy your meat at the supermarket you don’t get any bad karma. Unless you’re chinese in which case you’ll probably end up being reborn in one of the hell-planes. So bummer for you.
    So basically what i’m saying is- Who cares what they think.
    You seem to be very worried about what people are thinking , opinions, rules etc. Why are you putting all that on yourself. Just relax- all that stuff is totally unnecessary just to meditate. All that stuff is religion. Meditation is is available to everyone- there’s no reason to join a religion over it.

  8. 1) It is probably both choice & consequence. It does not prevent anyone from being Enlightened any more than heterosexuals, in terms of ‘preference’. I think the idea is that all sexuality is ultimately overcome by the aspirant though, so it is a pretty level playing field for both sexualities (homo- and heterosexual), in that both need be ultimately renounced.
    2) Yes. : )
    3) With drinking, it is not karmic, but could lead to breaking other precepts which are karmic. Killing is said to shorten one’s own life. Stealing leads to loss of one’s own property. Sexual misconduct is said to lead to undesirable partners. Lying is said to undermine one’s own trustworthiness & ability to discern the truth.
    4) There is no sin in eating meat. The Buddha Himself partook of it. Some people refrain out of compassion, but those who know realise that vegetarianism is going to an extreme, in my opinion. The Buddha was once asked to make vegetarianism compulsory for monks, which He decreed against. It would be hypocritical to think you’re spiritual because you don’t eat meat – when you do all sorts of other misdemeanours like lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, intoxication, killing animals yourself, getting angry, etc. The Buddhist view is that there are much more serious vices. : )

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