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But violations of clerical celibacy were so common for so long that, finally, in 1872, state laws made marriage legal for Buddhist clerics.
Subsequently, ninety percent of Buddhist monks/clerics married.
It is more intentional than abstinence, and its goal is personal growth and empowerment.Not having assets of their own, women needed to be protected from the risk of their husbands' putting them on the street at whim.In those times marriage was an economic matter He also points out that there are those "which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake", but in the original Greek, the word εὐνοῦχος means "castrated person".Classical Hindu culture encouraged asceticism and celibacy in the later stages of life, after one has met his societal obligations.Jainism, on the other hand, preached complete celibacy even for young monks and considered celibacy to be an essential behavior to attain moksha. There were, however, significant cultural differences in the various areas where Buddhism spread, which affected the local attitudes toward celibacy.