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.