Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An online journal of Buddhist scholarship related to ethics.


Pāli Vinaya Conceptions of Sex and Precedents for Transgender Ordination

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 28, 2021

On Pāli Vinaya Conceptions of Sex and Precedents for Transgender Ordination

Brenna Grace Artinger
Independent Scholar

In this article I evaluate ideas of sex and behavior in Pāli Vinaya texts in order to better understand the roles of such terms and their consequences on monastic inclusion. I then contend with the ramifications of such terms on present-day considerations of ordination for transgender individuals, and the ways in which Vinaya texts provide legal precedent for such possibilities.

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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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Review: Masculine Images in Indian Buddhism

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 18, 2011

A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism. By John Powers. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009, 334 pages, ISBN: 978-0674033290 (hardcover); US $45.00.

Reviewed by Vanessa Sasson

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