Libertine Koan  

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4/3/2005 7:06 pm

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Libertine Koan

There is an old Zen Koan that goes:

Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master.
Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote her a love letter, insisting upon a private meeting.
Eshun did not reply. The following day the master gave a lecture to the group, and when it was over, Eshun arose. Addressing the one who had written to her, she said: "If you really love me so much, come and embrace me now."
So why do I write this? It amazes me that on a board that is supposedly for making connections, we still try to hide what we know is buried deep inside of us. I’ve spent years writing about,, discussing, thinking, and practicing what is inherent inside of ourselves, this Cartesian duality between mind and body. We find ourselves in a world that has us collecting things around us to define who we are and how successful we become. Eventually we find ourselves in want, both physically and mentally. It’s in the innate conflict between love and lust that we find the struggle of mind and body. Some find comfort in a set morality inherited by our youth through parents, friends or church, some redefine it in a search for self and exploration, some still struggle against the hidden bonds that they can’t define in words, just emotions. Myself, I consider myself a post modern libertine. I redefine my morality based on each situation as it defines itself. This does not mean I find myself in world of moral ambiguity or running amuck as a sociopath, ignoring all others, far from it. The catch in my ethics creed is that I except responsibility for every action and interaction I have in this world. This is a huge burden, to be one with your actions.

Given that, where am I going with this little rant? The meaning of the Koan is

To Love is to Love Openly

On this board, in this community, we find each other in the same world looking for the same thing, with different interpretations to the emotions that we feel inside ourselves as we peek into the secrets we are exposing here…. Some want more body than mind, others more mind than body. To that, I say there is room for both. Without either, it’s an empty motion, a mute motion in this world with little impact. Sex is fun. If it wasn’t, none of us would be here. But without a general connection, it turns into nothing more than a session of mutual masturbation; yeah we get our kicks off, but what s the point? A relationship is first defined in friendship, then sensuality, then sexuality. Possession, that an entirely issue altogether that I may get into later. But at it’s roots, we are all here for that gregarious need to be not alone in this world, and to share a little pleasure amongst ourselves. To not be open about that… well makes you wonder why. I’ll get off my soapbox for now and see what you all think. Comments welcome.

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