Chris wrote:I think King Bimbisara bought one of his brides for a great amount. He was a favourite of the Buddha. So it would depend ...
Dowry is far different from mail-order brides. So I agree that it would depend on what exactly we're talking about.
Drolma wrote:Hi all, thanks for your feedback so far. I mean like a mail-order bride. In this situation I think the brides are willing because they're advertising and they presumably signed up for it. But I was thinking along the lines of what Rui Sousa wrote. My reason for asking is that someone I know recently bought a wife and I was kind of astounded and wondering if there are ethical implications.
Rui Sousa wrote:
From the Vanijja Sutta An 5.177
Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison.
regarding Rui Sousa's post, some people subscribe to the theory that you contribute to a certain act if you support the causes and conditions for it to occur. i.e. some vegetarians regard eating meat as akusala kamma because you support the slaughterhouse. So it may also be argued that the same goes for patronage of such services as a contribution to the trade of humans.
Aside from that, what is the purpose of a mail-order bride and are there not the same ethical implications as for prostitution? Yes, it's consensual, but there are other aspects to consider along with the ethical. Consider what kind of temperament you create for yourself when urges occur and you must absolutely satisfy them right then and there without regard to laws, ethics, cleanliness, etc. A being of such temperament may find an appropriate rebirth as some lower life form.