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While Buddhism neither encourages nor discourages marriage, it does offer some guidelines for it. While Buddhist practice varies considerably among its various schools, marriage is one of the few concepts specifically mentioned in the context of Śīla (Buddhist behavior discipline). The fundamental code of Buddhist ethics, the Pancasila (or five precepts), contains an admonishment of sexual misconduct, though what constitutes such misconduct from a Buddhist perspective varies widely depending on the local culture.
Divorce is not prohibited in Buddist marriage.
- Marriage articles at the Access to Insight site
- Weddings and Theravada Buddhism
- Love & Marriage: Zen Buddhist Reflections
- A Zen Buddhist perspective on same-gender marriage
- Lengthy review of Buddhist views on married life in relation to the western world.