Re: Buddhism and Homosexuality
From a Buddhist point of view, lesbian and gay sex is generally considered sexual misconduct.
What is improper is the use of organs already defined as inappropriate for sexual contact.
The Dalai Lama did mention the words above, which means he isn't entirely supportive either. The true 'Buddhist' point of view, as taken from Buddha's teachings, made no mention of homosexual sex as sexual misconduct. He merely prohibited sexual misconduct in the five precepts, without specifically mentioning what it is. What the Dalai Lama is trying to do is to re-interpret the Buddha's teachings, based on the words of previous Buddhist scholars. In both quotes, he felt that it was OK for homosexuals to fall in love, but not OK for them to have sex. Isn't this the same point of view propagated by certain Christians, who prefer what they call 'non-practising homosexuals'?
"But what do you say to taking chances,
What do you say to jumping off the edge?
Never knowing if there's solid ground below
Or hand to hold, or hell to pay,
What do you say,
What do you say?"
And thus laments the hopeless romantic that is yours truly.