Friday, October 9, 2009

Lust? Supermodels Then and Now (photos)

(NBC Miami) What do the world's most beautiful women look like after careers as supermodels? For example, twenty years later Paulina (pictured) is a three season judge on fellow supermodel Tyra Banks' show America's Next Top Model. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE:

Twiggy • Kate Moss • Cheryl Tiegs • Stephanie Seymour • Naomi Campbell • Heidi Klum • Tyra Banks • Janice Dickinson • Christy Turlington • Cindy Crawford • Linda Evangelista • Helena Christensen • Christie Brinkley • Paulina Porizkova • Niki Taylor • Claudia Schiffer • Karen Mulder • Elle Machpherson

The Buddhist way of dealing with lust in meditation
( In the Surangama Sutra, twenty-five indivivuals report on how they attained samadhi. Three great bodhisattvas — Kwan Yin, Manjushri, and Samantabhadra — extolled hearing or listening in one form or another as a way to enter into the Tao [stream-entry]. When I asked my own teacher the best method for beings in this world, he also mentioned this entryway, as well as the use of breathing methods using the nose.

However, you can find countless other methods in the Surangama Sutra. One such meditation method was reported by Ucchushma to the Buddha and his assembly when the Buddha asked his great students what cultivation or meditation technique they had used to achieve samadhi. More>>

Is Lust Only Natural?
( Buddhism encourages renouncing sensual pleasures. Sensuous lust is considered one of Buddhism's Five Hindrances. The Buddha taught that lust is a result of [tanha], which must be abandoned to reach enlightenment.

( FORUM QUESTION: What is the Buddhist view on lust? How do you deal with it?

VIDEO: Lust and Buddhism (3 mins.)
(Empty Gate Zen Center) Short excerpt from regular Wednesday evening talks, 9/23/09.