Most religions consider family life to be a blessing and value the stability of marriage. For Buddhists, equality between partners is central to a rewarding family life.
What is cohabitation?
Only living together once marriage has taken place
Sharing a house with your parents
Living together without being married
What is a divorce?
A statement that a valid marriage never took place
A statement that a valid marriage has ended without either partner dying
A statement that a valid marriage has ended as one partner has died
What religious teachings should a Buddhist marriage ceremony follow?
Buddhists have no formal religious teaching on the contents of the marriage ceremony
They believe that monks should lead the ceremony
The believe that the congregation should meditate in front of the Buddha Rupa
What religious teaching should Buddhists practise within the marriage relationship?
They should practise the teaching of karma
They should ensure that metta is practised within the relationship
They should practise the teaching of anicca
Why do Buddhist monks not marry?
There is no room in the vihara for monks to live with their wives
Marriage is considered to be a distraction from the quest for enlightenment
Buddhist monks are too busy meditating to concentrate on having a wife
What is the Buddhist attitude towards cohabitation?
Buddhists teach that cohabitation is wrong. It causes suffering
Buddhists teach that cohabitation is wrong. It causes the couple to crave for marriage
Buddhists teach that they can cohabit as long as the couple love each other
In Buddhism why might divorce be considered a compassionate action?
It relieves the couple from suffering
Divorce might enable a Buddhist to be compassionate to a future partner
Divorce is compassionate if other people are trying to help sort out the problems within the relationship