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If one is having sexual relationship with minor (protected by parents) and parents disapprove the relationship, that is breaching of the third precept. What if an adult child having a (sexual) relationship with someone without the consent of their parents, of course everyone has their rights, but the question is is this breaking the third precept?

  • On the base: thinking "I have a right..." is wrong view. Based on wrong view, wrong virtue is its effect. Thinking not in this way, having right view and right resolve, virtue will go it's right way. – Samana Johann Jan 23 '18 at 16:49
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It depends on what the society consider as an adult. Back then in India, women always had a guardian regardless of their age. But things are quite different nowadays. In most countries when one reaches 18+ the society consider that person as an adult that no longer requires guardianship. Any care given after that is optional and any care accepted after that does not make one a minor, unless there is such an understanding between the 2 parties. In other words, when you become an adult by law, if your parents continue to give you food and lodging with the mutual understanding that you will not be sexually active with someone without their permission, it breaks the 3rd precept.

  • But consensual sex between two adults who are no longer receiving support from parents as mentioned above and not in the list of the "prohibited person" does not break the 3rd precept, right? – B1100 Feb 6 '18 at 16:10
  • That's correct. – Sankha Kulathantille Feb 6 '18 at 17:06
  • "... if your parents continue to give you food and lodging with the mutual understanding that you will not be sexually active with someone without their permission..." So permission does not necessarily have to be marriage, can you please confirm this? – B1100 Feb 13 '18 at 16:15
  • Yes, it doesn't have to be marriage – Sankha Kulathantille Feb 14 '18 at 1:04
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    I think we are going around in circles. Once you are independant it does not matter whether someone gives permission or not. Prostitution is wrong for many other reasons. Not the 3rd precept. – Sankha Kulathantille Feb 22 '18 at 12:44
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Does the child still use the parent's house/money?

If the answer is "yes", the sexual relationship breaking the third precept.

Another, does the child still being the child in law?

The child protected by law also breaking the third precept.

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