In the Buddha's first discourse , he identifies craving tanha as the cause of suffering dukkha. He then identifies three objects of craving: the craving for existence; the craving for non-existence and the craving for sense pleasures kama. Kama is identified as one of five hindrances to the attainment of jhana according to the Buddha's teaching. Throughout the Sutta Pitaka the Buddha often compares sexual pleasure to arrows or darts. So in the Kama Sutta 4.
Sex, Love, and Buddhism
What You Need to Know About Sex, Love, and Buddhism
The relationship between Buddhism and sexual orientation varies by tradition and teacher. According to some scholars, early Buddhism appears to have placed no special stigma on homosexual relations, since the subject was not mentioned. In the early sutras of Buddhism, "accepted or unaccepted human sexual conduct" for laypersons "is not specifically mentioned. Early Buddhism appears to have been silent concerning homosexual relations. Regarding Buddhist monks, the Vinaya code of monastic discipline bans all sexual activity, but does so in purely physiological terms, making no moral distinctions among the many possible forms of intercourse it lists. Among Buddhists, there is a wide diversity of opinion about homosexuality.
Buddhism and Sexuality: It’s Complicated
Q: In the West it is thought that desire, especially sexual desire, is a problem because it is largely unconscious. Anyway, as you know, in all matters there are limits; it is as well to realize those limits. I think there are two major factors which contribute to our experience of sexual desire — one is the structure of our bodies and the elements within our bodies, and the other is the level of our minds — delusion.
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