Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

67. Are Alcohol and Drugs ever Acceptable to Buddhists?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Wendy Dossett [+-]
University of Chester
Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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The answer to this question depends in part on whether Buddhism is understood as a lived and changing tradition or whether it is understood through apparently timeless ethical principles. If the former, then there is plenty of evidence that drugs and alcohol have been and are acceptable to Buddhists in different settings around the globe. Tempting though it may be to respond with “it didn’t ought to be,” thus giving the role of judge to certain written and oral texts, namely the five precepts, it is more productive to explore the role, function, and interpretation of those texts in diverse Buddhist communities over time.

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Dossett, Wendy. 67. Are Alcohol and Drugs ever Acceptable to Buddhists?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 337-340 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40810. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40810. Nov 2021

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