I was recently looking up some information regarding the holographic principle when I ran across some information that astounded me, if only because it was so blatant that you would think someone would say, WTF??? Yet no one seemed to bat an eye. In particular it's this quote by the Dalai Lama which is taken from a book by Peter Harvey, "An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics" in which the Dalai Lhama said, "Masturbation ... includes emitting semen on another person, a monk getting a novice to masturbate him, or himself masturbating a sleeping novice, which could be seen to include homosexual acts. It is a lesser offence, of expiation [i.e., atonement]"...
Now the quote itself doesn't seem that outrageous until you realize that novice monks are in nearly every case under the age of eighteen and in most cases much younger. Essentially what the Dalai Lama said was that if you got a boy or young teen to have sex with you, so long as it was masturbation, that it only required atonement, prayer and amends, not really a serious act. If the pope or any other prominent religious figure said something like this, the crap would hit the fan, but because it was the Dalai Lama, essentially it's ignored.
Nor is it completely isolated within Tibetan Buddhism, but rather it's rampant in nearly all monasteries, even in Ch'an, Zen, and Theravada monasteries. So here's my point, how can it go on without anyone really doing anything to stop it? How is Buddhism any better than other religions if they allow this kind of monstrous behavior to occur? In fact they have done absolutely nothing to stop it, neither the governments in those countries or the people living there who are aware of this going on.
The excused for these actions abound, the most common being that these enlightened people must indulge in these actions in order to remain in this world, otherwise they would leave us much sooner, to it being a cultural phenomena that Westerners don't understand. I think anyone who has half a mind understands what's going on. Anyways, I wont go any further, just wanted to hear other people's thoughts on this topic.
Also, please don't move this post to the Buddhist section, I would rather have it in the Open Discussion section.
Edited by Twinner, 13 May 2012 - 06:39 PM.