Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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Dhamma talk given byAjahn Martin
TitleOvercoming sexual desire
Date26 Feb 2010
LocationWat Pa Baan Taad
Content / Description

Celibacy required for monks, even masturbation is forbidden. Opening an anatomy atlas is helpful to reduce sexual desire. Train to bring to mind loathsome pictures to counteract images of beauty. Orgasm is nothing else that putting your hand in a cold bucket after having burnt it in the fire. In Thailand, they show corpses in the newspapers, not in the west. “Some even think they can get enlightened by having sexual conduct, but that is impossible the Lord Buddha said”. Sexual desire always find its way in: power, money, fame etc. In Buddhism, only 1 partner is allowed. Criticism: we hate the person who criticizes us, but it is just like hating the messenger who brings us bad news. Homosexuality: usually because one cannot accept the change of sex from their previous life. Everything in Buddha's teaching makes sense and is explainable. Abortion: it is killing if the citta is in the foetus but it's very difficult to say when this happens (depends on the spirit).