Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ryonen Scars Her Face, 17th century

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Ryonen Scars Her Face. 17th century.

In order to "not be an object of men’s sexual desire", Ryonen scars her face to enter the monastery.  This shows her extreme ardent wish to know the truth and also the sad state of affairs between men and women sexually.  Even today, there is so much to change in our attitudes toward sex, beauty and objectification.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Miazong's Dharma Interview

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Miazong’s Dharma Interview, 12th century

How does a head monk respond when a women gets naked?
Does he act like a horse or an ass?
Is he knocked off his understanding by the sight of a naked women?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ohashi Awakens in a Brothel

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"Ohashi Awakens in a Brothel”, a koan from the 18th century.

Is enlightenment restricted to a certain class, livelihood or race?
Are prostitutes and criminals unable to find freedom.  Hakuin says “No!”
Exploring the history of prostitution gives insight into the upside-down values of sexuality we sometimes believe in today.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Withered Tree koan or The Old Women Burns Down the Hermitage.

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This post continues with a series of blogs about our precept of "Don't misuse sexuality."
The exploration in this koan asks the question:  Is our sex life like a withered tree or does it bring us closer to an appreciation of life and compassion for others?

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Red Thread of Passion

Why can't even the most enlightened person sever the Red Thread of Passion?

How an we learn to have a sexuality that is rich but not harming?  Can we find a balance between non-attachment to passion and fully being alive as a human being?  Can we rejoice in the secret miracle and the wonderful fruits, our children, of our primal sexuality?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

the Paradoxes of the Married Priest

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continuing to study "do not misuse sexuality"

Monday, February 6, 2017

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Hi all,
I have switched my blog
to my new website,

the lastest blog is
Do not misuse Sexuality
and here's the link

thanks for doing this little extra work.
all my new blogs will go on the other site.