Ven. Dhammanando Said:mikenz66 wrote:Lyndon, I think you are confusing the question:
"Does it violate the precepts?"
with the question:
"Is it behaviour that should be encouraged?"
The article you linked to certainly advises against prostitution, but it does not mention the precepts.
I think that Ven Dhammanando has made it quite clear, that he would also not advise such action, but that, like many other actions that would be best avoided, it is not a violation of the basic precepts. Since it is, in any case, a personal choice to follow the basic precepts, or a more refined form, (or not) then I'm not sure why this is an issue.
"Q. Is sex with a prostitute akusala?
A. Yes, but only in the sense that all sex is akusala."
So is it your opinion Mike, and generally speaking, would you agree that, in terms of unskilful behaviour, sex with a prostitute is equal to sex within a relationship?
Would you see engaging in prostitution either as the client or the provider as skilful?