But in Christianity and in America sexual misconduct is often translated as "adultery," which has the opposite meaning! There the perpetrator matters, not the accomplice. Whether one is involved in a committed relationship matters. In fact, we often think the accomplice is quite innocent (since it wasn't that person cheating on his or her partner).
- Who is "off limits"? Anyone under the protection of mother, father, parents, spouse, family, guardians, religious community, law, or those betrothed, or promised for marriage.
The meaning seems to be anyone who is not independent. Nowhere does it say that the actor is any of these things. So Tiger's mistresses are engaging in sexual misconduct, which is a very heavy karma, because he is married. Surely he has done something as well?
The consequence is that by engaging in sex, others will be hurt and harmed -- usually the partner (the cuckold or cuckquean) but also families, children, and society. To have sex one should first ensure that one is independent and not involved in a relationship that precludes dating others.
What is the Consequence of Adultery?
The Workings of Kamma (Pa Auk Sayadaw)
Then there is the picture painted by Mahapaduma ("Great Lotus"), the pacceka (nonteaching) buddha-to-be. In the time of Kassapa Buddha’s dispensation, "Mahapaduma" was a monk. He had already developed the enlightenment-perfection (parami) for becoming a nonteaching-buddha over an unimaginably long period. And as a monk in Buddha Kassapa’s dispensation, he further developed this perfection.
One of his wholesome karmas (actions capable of bearing a result) functioned as productive karma to produce rebirth as the son of a treasurer in Varanasi, India. He also became a treasurer, and in that life he committed "adultery." [This is a Buddhist story more likely to mean unspecified "sexual misconduct" than "cheated on his wife"].
At death, an adultery-karma functioned as productive karma to produce rebirth in a hellish world. And when he eventually escaped from hell, an indefinitely-effective wholesome karma functioned as productive karma to produce rebirth: But now he was reborn as a treasurer’s daughter!
While "she" was in her mother’s womb, an adultery-karma functioned as an unwholesome frustrating karma so that she and her mother suffered many burning sensations. She always remembered this suffering. Furthermore, even though wholesome karma produced for her a beautiful appearance, it was frustrated by adultery-karma. So she met much hatred, even from her parents.
- Venerable Sir, in every future life, may I be reborn in a lotus!
- In every future life, may I be the color of a lotus!
- In every future life, may I become a man!
- May everyone who sees me love me as they love lotuses!
- May I know the Dharma that you know!
"Therefore, monks, one should reflect repeatedly upon one’s own mind: ‘For a long time this mind has been defiled by lust, by hatred, and by delusion.’ By mental defilement, monks, beings are defiled. By mental purification, beings are purified" (Gaddula·Baddha Sutra).
- Source: The Workings of Kamma.PDF, p. 311