A few weeks ago I went to the Montreal Nalandabodhi Centre for a showing of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s video “Heart to Heart”– a talk he gave to the LGBT community of the New York Shambhala Centre. I’ll post some notes I had taken from the talk in another post, but first wanted to recount a little story.
Our little group watched the video then settled in to lunch a bit. Our discussion turned to sex and I mentioned that I just read Brad Warner’s book and was found it inspiring that someone in the community had enough cojones to write about rarely discussed topics such as abortion, polyamory and pornography.
It was like I totally harshed the vibe of the kitchen party and sucked all of the decency and morality out of the room.
I scrambled to come up with something that involved the words “mindfulness” or “compassion” as a way to save face and appear to be an upstanding young Buddhist who was able to control her wicked devil tongue.
Maybe I was possessed. Some kind of hungry sex ghost snuck in and got all “Paranormal Activity” in me.
Are we Buddhists more puritanical than the Christians that proclaim that sex is a natural way to express God’s love? Does anyone have any experiences to share on this?
If you are in Montreal, join me and some other smutty Buddhas for Brad Warner’s two talks.
•October 26, 2010 (Tues) – 12 Noon Luncheon at Allen Memorial Hospital (McGill University)
•October 26, 2010 (Tues) – 7pm Casa Del Popolo 4873 boul. St. Laurent Montreal, QC
Brad will no doubt discuss things that will put your prayer shawls in knots and make you shake your mala beads at him (either in distain or in support).