Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Shravasti Dhammika Biography

Title:
Spiritual Advisor to the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“According to the ancient Indian understanding, homosexuals were thought of simply as being ‘the third nature’ (tritiya prakti), rather than as perverted, deviant or sick…

…If homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ then celibacy is more so and all Gelupa monks are breaking the fifth precept by abstaining from sex.”

“Buddhism and Homosexuality,” on the Buddhist Channel website, Aug. 31, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Spiritual Advisor, Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
  • Buddhist monk
  • Co-founder & Teacher, Nilambe Meditation Centre
  • Former Representative of Theravada Buddhism, European Buddhist Millennium Conference, Berlin, Germany, 2000
  • Spoke on Buddhism and Asian religions in universities and on television and radio in Australia and throughout Asia
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Also known as Bhante Dhammika
Quoted in:
  1. Does Buddhism Accept Same-Sex Behavior?