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Offline Padawan

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Divorce
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:18:09 pm »
What is the Buddhist view on divorce and its impact on the family?
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Offline Dharmakara

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Re: Divorce
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014, 01:15:58 am »
Divorce is the legal ending of a marriage. In many religions, marriage is a religious act and thus there are various restrictions on divorce. In some religions, divorce is possible only if one partner commits adultery while in other religions divorce is allowed but is the prerogative of the husband only. Because Buddhism sees marriage, not as a sacrament but as an agreement between two people, it accepts that if those two people agree to end their relationship they can do so.

Buddhism and all Buddhist cultures have always seen marriage as a relationship worth maintaining but at the same time they have never had legal restrictions on divorce. The Kandyan law of Sri Lanka did and still does allow divorce by mutual consent as did customary law in Burma and Thailand.

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Re: Divorce
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 08:28:14 pm »
Interesting , thank you :)
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there are a thousand paths to it.
If you pass through the barrier,
you walk the universe alone.

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Re: Divorce
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2014, 11:17:59 am »
Buddha left his wife and child to begin his final path to unbinding and release.

Buddha communicated with his son, Rahula later on.  Rahula later became a bhikkhu himself.
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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