|What secret ingredient is a must for my post-flow yoga refuel? Great sex? Thank you.|
|The future Buddha's beautiful mother, Maya Devi, was -- it is said -- a kind of "virgin" or "pure person" in one sense: She was free of sexual misconduct going back seven generations.|
|Our sexy-spiritual, Los Angeles yoga teacher Psalm Isadora (RIP) loved tantric sex.|
|Chakras light up during intimacy with partner|
There are many who are puzzled to know what the Buddhist attitude towards sex is, and it is therefore to be hoped that the following guidelines may be found helpful towards an understanding.
It is, of course, true to say that Buddhism, in keeping with the principle of the Middle Way, would advocate neither extreme puritanism nor extreme permissiveness.
|You are sacred. Act like it: Five Precepts|
In the first place, we have to distinguish between training rules adopted by different kinds of Buddhists:
|Celibacy for deeper meditation|
Or go celibate. Or be a serial-monogamist. Or secure consent and do whatever you want. As a Buddhist you're free. More
|Do you think I'm sexy? Yes, well, don't stare too much. I died earlier this year. - P. Isadora|
|Use birth control. I may not want to be born!|
- VIDEO: Tantrika talks about her childhood sexual abuse (below)
|Various tantric symbols (Sarah Welch)|
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Tantric Buddhists of Californian, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Mongolian, Tibetan Vajrayana were drawn to the contrast in the imagery of the lotus flower.
Although the emphasis changes, we can see that the essential teaching of non-clinging or non-attachment (nopalippati="is not stained") -- to objects of sensual-perception, to a particular mode of teaching, or to conventional dualities -- remains carried through the ages by this simple image of a white lotus growing out of muddy water:
As the flower of a lotus,
Psalm became a contributor for mindbodygreen.com and made an immediate impression. That was the thing about her: she always made an impression. To those who knew her, she was an unapologetic force of nature!
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She shared this message of empowerment with the world through her articles, classes, and workshops.
She even shared her deeply personal and emotional story about overcoming sexual trauma in a powerful talk at our last Revitalize event, which received a standing ovation. Watch the talk
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- Buddhism and Sexuality: An Exploration Among Buddhists there is a wide diversity of opinion about homosexuality. Buddhism teaches that sensual pleasure and craving in general, sexual obsession in particular, are hindrances to enlightenment, far inferior to the kinds of metaphysical "spiritual pleasure" (pīti, bliss, joy, "rapture") integral to the practice of meditative absorptions or jhānas. The Five Precepts avoids "sexual misconduct" -- 10 persons to avoid having sex with, which is often also interpreted according to local social norms. Still, some Asian Buddhists hold prejudices against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons.