Thursday, September 04, 2008

Gay and Buddhism

Again from "Buddha's Love, Marriage and Sexual Morality" by J. Stevens (1990)

Although it may have been officially proscribed, homosexuality in fact flourished in Buddhist monasteries throughout the centuries: In China, the character for hemorrhoids is “temple illness”; male love is said not to have existed in Japan until it was introduced by Buddhist monks in the ninth century; homosexuality was prevalent in Yellow Hat monasteries in Tibet and as regarded as a virtue, since it meant that a monk had completely conquered sexual attachment to women; even today in Korean monasteries a young trainee must “watch his ass” at all times.


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