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Lions Roar : January 2016
BEGINNER’S MIND Do Buddhists follow prescribed rules regarding marriage or sexuality? Because Buddhism is practiced in so many different countries, from con- servative Asian societies to the socially liberal West, Buddhists’ approaches to sexuality and marriage differ widely. In most—but not all—Buddhist schools, monastics are celibate. Many Buddhist communities have guidelines for laypeople as well. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, for example, stress long-term relationship as a key to true love: “We are determined not to engage in sexual relations without mutual understand- ing, love, and a deep long-term commitment made known to our family and friends.” The Dalai Lama has been criticized in the West for disapproving of gay sex, but recently said that he thinks gay marriage is okay. But beyond specifics of how, with whom, and under circumstances we have sex, there are some universally held Buddhist principles about how we should conduct ourselves in our sexuality and relationships. These can be summarized in the simple wisdom of the three pure precepts—do no evil, do good, save all beings—and the third grave precept—not misusing sex. As for what that means in practice, that’s for us to establish with our partners. Here’s the Buddha’s answer, according to the Numerical Discourses: “When both part- ners trust each other, use pleasant words to communicate with each other, have self-discipline, and maintain upright conduct, their progress increases, and pleasant life is born!” DHARMA FAQS We answer your questions about Buddhism & meditation. BUDDHISM BY THE NUMBERS IN MAHAYANA BUDDHISM, the bodhisattva practices the six paramitas, or transcendent perfec- tions. These are a path to enlightenment, the fruition of the bodhisattva way, and a means to benefit sentient beings. They are transcendent because the subject, object, and practice of the perfections are all free of self, which is known as the threefold purity. 1. Generosity (dana). You give without expecting anything in return, the essence of nonattachment. 2. Discipline (sila). You joyfully practice the dharma in everything you do. 3. Patience (ksanti). You are free of aggression and main- tain your equilibrium in the midst of samara’s confusion. 4. Exertion (virya). You work hard because you delight in the path and appreciate virtue. Overcoming lazi- ness, you never give up. 5. Meditation (dhyana). Body and mind synchronized, you cut distraction and tame your mind with one- pointed mindfulness. 6. Wisdom (prajna). You develop the “superior know- ledge” of both ultimate reality (shunyata, emptiness) and relative phenomena. As prajna cuts through mis- taken beliefs about reality, compassion naturally arises. You don’t have to be perfect to practice the perfec- tions. Because each of the paramitas is the antidote to a particular obstacle—generosity overcomes stinginess, etc.—you can practice them now as the step-by-step path to your own bodhisattvahood. RAYFENWICKILLUSTRATIONSBYNOLANPELLETIER SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2016 34 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE