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Taiwan's First Gay, Buddhist Wedding

08Shih Chao-hweiWhat will reportedly be Taiwan's first gay Buddhist wedding shall be held in Taoyuan County next month, according to the Taipei Times:

“We are not only doing it for ourselves, but also for other gays and lesbians,” Fish Huang said in a telephone interview.

The 30-year-old ... said that marriage never crossed her mind until she saw a movie last year.

The film portrayed two lesbians whose ill-fated relationship concluded after one died and the other was left heartbroken over the denial of spousal benefits.

“It’s so sad,” Huang said, who plans to wed her partner of seven years on Aug. 11 at a Buddhist altar ...

There shall be blessings, chants, and lectures from Buddhist masters on marriage. The ceremony won't be legally binding.

Despite the profound Buddhist-ish-ness of the marriage ceremony, Fish Huang tells the Taipei Times that many of her Buddhist friends were initially wary of attending the event, worrying that doing so might conflict with their vows. She wrote to a Buddhist master, asking for the party line on homosexuality, and the master not only told her that Buddhism, as she knew it, was a-okay with lesbian weddings -- the master offered to perform Fish Huang's lesbian wedding. From the Taipei Times:

“It is meaningful to us that our wedding can give hope to other homosexuals and help heterosexuals understand how Buddhism views sexuality,” Huang said.

The Buddhist master Shih Chao-hwei (釋昭慧), who is also a professor at Hsuan Chuang University, said Buddhist teachings do not prohibit homosexual behavior.

... “It’s difficult enough to maintain a relationship ... how could you be so stingy as to begrudge a couple for wanting to get married, regardless of their sexual orientation,” she said in a telephone interview.

Shih Chao-hwei acknowledged that her views were not universally shared among her co-religionists.

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  1. Unlike the desert god religions, Buddhist scriptures and precepts have no prohibitions against homosexual sex, except for monks, who are not allowed to have sex with ANYONE.

    The Third Precept of Buddhism calls for abstaining from sexual misconduct. The Buddha offered examples such as rape, coercion, using sex to manipulate, cheating on someone with whom you have an agreement for monogamy.

    Years back, the Dalai Lama, who outside of Tibetan Buddhism is just another monk, claimed that homosexuality was not accepted in Buddhism because it didn't produce children. When he was challenged to back up his statement with scripture he admitted that there was no scriptural basis for his statement and that the Buddha did not make such a proclamation. He admitted that it was just his PERSONAL opinion.

    Just like with most Christians, any Buddhist who is anti-gay and says it's based on their religious beliefs is actually just a homophobe hiding behind the cover of religion. Unlike Christianity and Islam, Buddhists can't back up their homophobia with scripture.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 8, 2012 12:15:08 PM

  2. This is revolutionary. I hope this will bring more openness and acceptance among Buddhists, Asians, and human race in general.

    Posted by: darkorient | Jul 8, 2012 1:22:25 PM

  3. This is how it should be. Beautiful sentiment.

    Posted by: Jersey | Jul 8, 2012 2:31:29 PM

  4. Hey Tampazeke, I am a buddhist by birth :) but not practising. In buddhist teaching, there is one thing for me that really stands out from other religions. Karma. It teaches that if u do bad, bad things will happen to you. And if u do good, good things will happen to you. It does not judge who you are but instead it focuses on your action. Unlike some religion I know :) where u could cause great harm 6 days a week but all you have to do is go to church on sunday and all will be forgiven :) And because of these religion infiltration into asia with their brand of teaching, it does rub off into other religion. Buddhist in general does not want to know what you do in your bedroom and wishes you dont tell them either. I personally think that is the best. Of course that is my own experience.

    Posted by: Menon | Jul 8, 2012 2:35:33 PM

  5. It has more to do with "tradition" than religion.
    People go to temple may be once a year to pray for good luck. Almost no one read the scriptures except a few monks. The monks usually don't preach.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 8, 2012 3:08:41 PM

  6. It is always refreshing to see a religion that is accepting of LGBT people who will marry gays. God Bless them.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 8, 2012 4:08:52 PM

  7. This Taiwan master Shih Chao-hwei seems to be light years ahead of the Dalai Lama, who seemed more aligned with right-wing bigots when he publically declared in the late '80s in a San Francisco radio interview that he did NOT believe homosexuality was natural and that he did NOT want any practicing homosexuals to follow him. Absolutely breathtaking point of view from a world leader and so-called purveyor of peace and love. And how much depression, suicide, and additional violence against gays since then has his bitterly toxic position promoted. Cudos, indeed, to this enlightened Taiwan master Shih Chao-hwei.

    Posted by: Jessie | Jul 8, 2012 7:16:51 PM

  8. Actually Buddhism and Christianity share a common philosophy. Buddhism calls it the karma principle, and Christianity calls it the 'golden rule' of doing to others what we want others do to us, which is the interpretation of with Christ's greatest commandments of love God and love thy neighbor as thyself. But many 'christians' no longer portray the true reflection of Christ in those principle.

    Exposing bigotry with the bible :

    Hatred is the greatest sin which goes against the greatest commandments of Christ. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Christ has clearly mentioned that the way to have eternal life for his followers is through his commandments to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. He has mentioned that those laws are above all other biblical laws of any other prophets.

    Homophobes promoting hatred are antiChrist who do not believe or pretend to believe in Jesus Christ but do not acknowledge Christ's commandments to love God and to love thy neighbor as thyself, to be the highest of all biblical laws. The antiChrist, like the devil, is a master of quoting biblical verses except those 2 top commandments of love from Christ, they avoid using Christ's name but use other names, even 'God', to bring all sort of biblical verses or 'facts', to lie and to prove their justification to hate. AntiChrist deceive people that those 2 commandments of love were not above all laws for Christians, and they are around in many organizations pretending to be of 'religious' faith.

    The issue of homosexuality, same sex marriage and many other issues (sexual/non sexual) are different forms of a test of the Christian faith on that choice of who they really believe in the end, to love (Christ and His greatest commandments) or to hate (succumb to temptation of verses NOT from Christ's greatest commandments to justify their hatred).

    Posted by: Simon | Jul 9, 2012 5:13:37 AM

  9. To all leaders of our God & King the Lord Jesus Christ: Adam, Eve & the Lord Jesus Christ said, "Thou shalt not commit murder. #1. Warlords are to be placed in prison. #2. Every country is not to be at war with any country, nor a military in any country. #3. No nuclear arms program. #4. No military. #5. No guns. #6. No energy use. #7. No insurance companies. #8. No healthcare system. #9. No abortion. #10. No same sex marriages. #11. No reptile farms & no reptile sales #12. No pharmacy #13. No drugs

    For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but should have everlasting life. John 3:16 I believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved.

    John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of Godabideth on him.

    Micah 2:1 Woe to you who lie awake at night, plotting wickedness; you rise at dawn to carry out your schemes: because you can, you do.
    Micah 5:7-15 Then the nation of Israel will refresh the world like a gentle dew or the welcome showers of rain, and Israel will be as strong as a lion. The nations will be like a helpless sheep before her! She will stand up to her foes; all her enemies will be wiped out. At that same time, says the Lord, I will destroy all the weapons you depend on, and tear down your walls and demolish the defenses of your cities. I will put an end to all witchcraft--there will be no more fortune-tellers to consult--and destroy all your idols. Never again will you worship what you have made, and I will abolish the heathen shrines from among you, and destroy the cities where your idol temples stand. And I will pour out my vengence upon the nations who refuse to obey me.(The Living Bible)

    Micah 6:10-15 For your sins are very great-----is there to be no end of getting rich by cheating? The homes of the wicked are full of ungodly treasures and lying scales. Shall I say "Good!" to all your merchants with their bags of false, deceitful weights? How could God be just while saying that? Your rich men are wealthy through extortion and violence; your citizens are so used to lying that their tongues can't tell the truth! Therefore I will wound you! I will make your hearts miserable for all your sins. You will eat but never have enough; hunger pangs and emptiness will still remain. And though you try and try to save your money, it will come to nothing at the end, and what little you succeed in storing up I'll give to those who conquer you! You will plant crops but not harvest them; you will press out the oil from the olives, and not get enough to anoint yourself! You will trample the grapes, but get no juice to make your wine.(The Living Bible)


    Since energy usage has become the equivalent of harlotry, murder& adultery, energy users are being threatened with the lake of fire by Adam, Eve & the Lord Jesus Christ. I am now married to Anders Behring Breivik 09/20/2011 by the Lord Jesus Christ. I already have children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. Thank you for reading.

    GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL MIGHT BELIEVE ON HIS NAME-JESUS. Repent & be baptized! Jesus said, “I am God there is none besides me." "I am the Way, the Truth & the Life. No man comes to the Father except by me." "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." "As many as received Him to them He gave the power to become the sons of God the Father even to those who believe on His name." Jesus' healing ministry began with adult baptism.

    A New Agenda: We the people need no gas & no electric to have a man child with the spouses of our youth around the world. We shall build homes without electric, without gas, without roofs that exceed 7 & 1/2 feet, & with incinerators to burn garbage, burn dung, burn urine, & burn blood rags so that the entire sisterhood has a man child with the husbands of their youth.

    TAKE MY CONFESSION WITH YOU. I have smoked cigars for 11 years & have no lungs, liver & kidneys at 45 years old. I continue to live through the Lord Jesus Christ as I received the Holy Spirit at 4 years old & was baptized as an adult in 1997. I continue to read my Bible& now use burned dung, urine, blood rags& tobacco butts to make meat offerings to eat. The Old Testament says that burned dung, urine, & blood rags were a part of the laws of Moses. Yes, it was in 2001 while I was driving to Florida that I was talking to the saints in heaven& Isaiah said, "You know that 70 years from now the sun will be dimmed in the sky" Oh, I said, “I don’t know.” I went back over the Old Testament& it said, “The sun shall be dimmed in the sky” & "I shall make them eat the grass of the field.” & “all these things shall come to pass” before theLord Jesus Christ returns.

    5 years ago I was stamping my feet at work over the excessive electric usage & complaining that I didn’t have a husband & children to God the Father. I prayed, kneeling at my bed as to adopting children. Then while I was at work I adopted over 500 children in Swahili (I was born with a spot-was a reject in Hebrew) to find out what day it was. I had been taught prophesy at Wheaton Evangelical Free Churchin 1979 & 1980. We went back & forth in time while Governor Blagovich was verifying. We came up with 17 years of darkened sun before July 29, 2081.

    July 29, 2081-the rapture of believers in Christ Jesus-all those who received the Holy Spirit-at the trumpet sound in heaven-1st the dead & then the living ascended to heaven in a twinkling of an eye

    July 29, 2081-2088-the Great Tribulation-God’s wrath is poured out on the earth, Judgment of the Believers in Christ Jesus & the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in heaven

    2088-3057-the Reign of Christ Jesus-(the Bible stated “1000 years” & in actuality it was 969 years)

    3057-3059-the Devil is loosed out of the pit –(the Bible stated “a time & a half” & in actuality it was 1 & three fourths years)-the battle of Armageddon-the nations are drawn together for the last battle in the Valley of Megiddo-the Lord Jesus comes down of a white horse with the words, “King of Kings, Lord of Lords” written on His thigh & a sword comes out of His mouth to destroy all who are in the battle. The bible says that the blood runs a “horses’ bridle high” & birds feed on the bodies.

    3059-the old heavens& the old earth pass away & the new heavens & new earth are created by the Lord Jesus Christ-at this point in time the Lord Jesus says,“Depart from me I never knew you.” to all who died in the battle of Armageddon, to those who took the mark of the beast in their right hand or forehead during the tribulation, to all who died during our time without receiving the Holy Spirit, & to all those who died during the flood of Noah’s day in wickedness. Jesus says, “In this world you shall have trouble, but I have overcome the world.”

    Jesus says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins & to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Blessed are those whose sins are covered to whom the arm of the Lord has been revealed.

    Times posted are subject to change.

    Fear Him who can kill the soul.

    Sincerely through Lord Jesus Christ, Allison Grace Karalus

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    Ephesians 2:8-10
    8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
    10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    Deuteronomy 10:12-13
    12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
    13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

    Posted by: Allison Karalus | Jul 21, 2012 12:57:35 PM

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