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Hello, I am genuinely interested how different traditions view homosexuality in Buddhism. I always heard that Buddhism did not diffirentiate between heterosexual and homosexual conduct. I believed that too and had the impression that Buddhism was very lgbt friendly. Now I stumbled across this wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_and_sexual_orientation and have some questions.
How does the Theravada and Mahayana standpoints differ on this subject? Why is it that homosexual actions are talked about in various buddhist text but not lesbian actions? Do these texts or commentaries really talk about that homosexuality per se is sinful/unwholesome or were these views (particular the mahayana/tibetan ones against homosexuality in realtion to hygenie or coerceful sex with minors/boys?
How does Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana interpret the texts of Buddhaghosa, Shantideva, Asvaghosa, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Tsongkhapa etc about this issue? Do these teachers draw their conclusions from canonical sutras or are these their own personal opinions?
Are the stances against homosexuality in sutras or texts like Saddharma-smrty upastana, Upasakhashila or Abidharma (are they the only ones that talk about this?) canonical? Do they really talk about this issue or are these stances merely commentaries but not in the sutras themselves? I see that some homophobic Buddhists quote these sutras.
How doe Teachers like the Dalai Lama that see homosexual actions as sexual misconduct justify their opinions? With which texts/sutras? Why is it that the the 3 orifices in Tibetan Buddhism and other schools are taboo but a man has the right to make 5 orgasms in a night? Somehow lesbians are nowhere mentioned and have a freepass?
And how do Teachers like Lama Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and others who spoke in favor of consensual homosexual relationships interpret these, if these texts highly seem to be against homosexual actions?
Were there ever gay disciples of the Buddha?