[Buddha-l] Another One Bites the Dust

Timothy Smith smith at wheelwrightassoc.com
Mon Mar 4 09:30:40 MST 2013


Having just perused Batchelor's article, I did not find it disappointing in the least.  In fact, I think he lays out the case for understanding
lust in the context of any spiritual community, and makes a solid argument that our biology trumps all rule making. Given what we
see across the spectrum of religious/spiritual communities and their struggles with sexual taboos and abuses, I think he's dead right.

Timothy Smith

On Mar 3, 2013, at 11:46 PM, Margaret Gouin wrote:

> This would appear to be a garbled reference to something Stephen Batchelor mentioned in a November post on Sweeping Zen (see point 3): 
> http://sweepingzen.com/buddhism-and-sex-the-bigger-picture/
> Batchelor gives no reference for the stories he mentions; perhaps someone more familiar with the Pali Canon than I, would be able to locate them.
> I must say I found Batchelor's article very disappointing; he seems to be saying that there have been sexual scandals since the time of the Buddha so why are we getting so upset now? He wrote the article in the midst of the disclosure of inappropriate behaviour by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod, much of which had been discussed on Sweeping Zen.
> Margaret
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