The Earliest Buddhist Views Of Humanity Essay

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It is firstly important to discuss the earliest Buddhist views of humanity including sex in Ancient India due to the fact that interpretations of them have changed in more modern years. Siddhartha Gautama, “himself, as a prince was brought up surrounded by concubines” (Walshe 1). Gautama as the prince essentially was not someone who was bothered by nor had reservations about sexual activity. Therefore it was not until he became an ascetic that he changed those insights. After reaching his enlightenment he then believed that all men should not have unlawful sexual relations. Unlawful at the time fundamentally meant not having sex with the wife of someone or any woman who was still protected by a family member. In addition, Siddhartha Gautama’s original Four Noble Truths reveal ideas that can be adapted to sexual activity. According to these, “the first noble truth, the truth of suffering (dukkha in Pali) refers to the pain, distress, suffering, anxiety, and dissatisfaction that physically and particularly mentally exist within us” (Tsering 8). The Second Noble Truth is one that pertains to the origin of suffering, which is desire and attachment. It is no mystery to all Buddhists that attachment to all things is the sole reason for suffering, as stated by Siddhartha Gautama. Of these noble truths, the second is the most pertinent to sexual activity and sexual ethics, which will be discussed later. Along with the Four Noble Truths, there are sets of codes which laypeople…

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