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Buddhism and Incest

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Buddhism and Incest

Postby clw_uk » Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:36 am

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Re: Buddhism and Incest

Postby Ben » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:44 am

Hi Craig,

I am not sure whether incest (between a consenting adults) was proscribed by the Buddha elsewhere in the Tipitaka. It could have been that among some families incest may have been an acceptable way to ensure the wealth and power remained within the family.

I think in certain situations the precepts, the laws of the land, our own common sense, and the opinions of those that we consider "wise" will provide some guidance as to what is ethical and what isn't and we have to make the best decision or judgement call based on the knowledge available to us.
kind regards,

Ben
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Buddhism and Incest

Postby clw_uk » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:57 am

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Re: Buddhism and Incest

Postby Ben » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:04 am

Yes, I agree, there could be potent rivers of dukkha - depending on the individuals and the relationships between the individuals involved. Particularly in situations where one person has a disproportionate power over the other person.

I remember listening to a radio interview with a couple who were father and daughter. They both talked about their relationship. It was obvious that they were intelligent and had a certain degree of self awareness. They were not intending on starting a family. It made me reconsider my own stand on such relationships and at least acknowledge that, ethically, not everything is black and white.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Buddhism and Incest

Postby clw_uk » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:07 am

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Re: Buddhism and Incest

Postby Dan74 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:00 pm

Many of these rules are more about general policy than a blanket and universally applicable moral judgment, I think.
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