Dear Still Water friends,
This Thursday evening, after our meditation period, we will recite together the Five Mindfulness Trainings and focus our Dharma sharing on the third training,True Love. The original lay trainings offered by the Buddha were very sparsely worded. The third training encouraged lay practitioners to satisfy their sensual desires only in appropriate or wholesome ways. Although the term used in the training for sensual desire, kemesu, refers to all the yearnings of the body, including cravings for food, drink, warmth, and comfort, in practice the focus seemed to be on sexual desire.
The British scholar, M. O’C. Walshe, explained in his article, “Buddhism and Sex”, that Gotama, the future Buddha, “was brought up surrounded by concubines and dancing-girls. . . .... Continued