Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An online journal of Buddhist scholarship related to ethics.


Sexual Misconduct in Early Buddhist Ethics

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 26, 2019

Sexual Misconduct in Early Buddhist Ethics: A New Approach

Ven. Pandita (Burma)
University of Kelaniya

In this paper, I argue that (1) rape is not covered by the concept of sexual misconduct prohibited by the Third Precept of the universal Five Precepts morality in Buddhism; and (2) many problematic issues surrounding this precept go away when we interpret it in this way.
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