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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(4), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7040051

Being Different with Dignity: Buddhist Inclusiveness of Homosexuality

Independent scholar, Hong Kong 999077, China
Received: 22 January 2018 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 8 March 2018 / Published: 21 March 2018
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Abstract

Stigmatising homosexual individuals damages their emotional health and quality of life. In particular, those with religious beliefs may additionally suffer from religious discordance due to their sexual preferences. This exploratory research investigates how Buddhists perceive homosexuality and how Buddhist lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGBs) accept their sexual orientation. It adopts semi-structured Internet-based text and voice interviews with 11 participants, including homosexual Buddhists, Buddhist masters, and heterosexual Buddhists. The findings are analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, with the aid of a computerised qualitative data-analysis package. Results reveal a compassionate culture towards this marginalised group, for which Buddhist LGBs cultivate self-acceptance through Buddhist teachings, such as the clarification of nature and manifestation, Buddhist equality, and proper interpretation of precepts. These teachings also encourage inclusiveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: acceptance; Buddhism; compassion; equality; sexual minority acceptance; Buddhism; compassion; equality; sexual minority
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