Question: How does buddhism interpret ‘sexual misconduct’ in the Five precepts? (Too varied interpretations in many books) Also, I’ve read that being homosexual isn’t a sin but ‘being’ a homosexual when you are actually not (eg body modification for prostitution etc) is. Why is that?”
Any of the precepts can be interpreted a hundred different ways, so there may or may not be any right or wrong answer. However, generally speaking, sexual misconduct can be understood as being faithful to your spouse, not intentionally having sex with someone you know has a spouse, not engaging with multiple sexual partners, and not intentionally spreading disease.
The Buddha never made any mention of homosexuality or body modification. So any views of homosexuality in Buddhism is strictly based on the culture and views of that society.
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