Buddahist thoughts on dating

It might be asked why Buddhist monks do not marry, since there are no laws for or against marriage.The reason is obviously that to be of service to mankind, the monks have chosen a way of life which includes celibacy.The Buddha did not lay rules on married life but gave necessary advice on how to live a happy married life.There are ample inferences in His sermons that it is wise and advisable to be faithful to one wife and not to be sensual and to run after other women.Separation or divorce is not prohibited in Buddhism though the necessity would scarcely arise if the Buddha's injunctions were strictly followed.

A good marriage should grow and develop gradually from understanding and not impulse, from true loyalty and not just sheer indulgence.

These would be magnified many times when faced with calamities.

Knowing the frailties of human nature, the Buddha did, in one of His precepts, advise His followers of refrain from committing adultery or sexual misconduct.

The institution of marriage provides a fine basis for the development of culture, a delightful association of two individuals to be nurtured, and to be free from loneliness, deprivation and fear.

In marriage, each partner develops a complementary role, giving strength and moral courage to one another, each manifesting a supportive and appreciative recognition of the other's skills.

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