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Do you want to be a monk?

Do you want to be a monk?

Recently someone asked how long it will take me to go from being a novice (sramanera) to a full-fledged monk. In my order, there is no direct timeline.  Although some things that need to be accomplished have to be done a specific number of times or for a certain...
Sensual Desires

Sensual Desires

The Buddha spoke… “Community, people are easily caught by four traps. The first is attachment to sensual desire. The second is attachment to narrow views. The third is doubt and suspicion. The forth is false view of self. The Way Of Enlightenment helps...
Passionate

Passionate

Many of us have things we are passionate about, and many of those issues are very important, either to us personally or too many people. Passion can drive action and responsibility and positive results. But a problem may arise when you judge someone else based on what...
The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva,when deeply practicing Prajna Paramita,clearly saw ⊕ that all five aggregates are emptyand thus relieved all suffering.Shariputra, form does not differ from emptinessemptiness does not differ from formform itself is emptiness,emptiness...
Intimacy and My Buddhism

Intimacy and My Buddhism

So as a novice monk, there are no direct rules around sexuality. But that isn’t actually true. Because part of being a novice monk is being a dharma teacher. And the rules there are… Do not commit adultery, including sexual congress with a corpse, animal,...
How I found my teacher and my tradition

How I found my teacher and my tradition

In the early 2000’s, dawn and I were presenting at an alternative sexuality conference (some of them focused on Leather – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leather_subculture). Master Z was one of the people we often saw at Leather event. I’ve seen him...