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Good essay. I am partially done with it. I especially like the first and second full paragraphs.

This part resonated with me:
“However, modern man always tries to flee from himself. He can never be silent or alone, because that would mean to be alone with himself, and this is why the places of amusement and the cinemas are always filled with people.”

How true it is! We get so immersed in everything else around us we forget to have me-time. Having time to reflect, contemplate (about ourselves, about things around us and about Buddha/God/Spiritual Being) and calm down is so important, and yet we can't even take 5 minutes of our day to do that (read: meditate).

I know I am facing that problem being where I am right now. Forgetting to time-out and have "Huei-time", it builds up and takes a toll on the self - physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Good reminder. Thanks for the essay. Will post more on it later when I read the rest of it. :)

Great essay!

celibacy really is the only way to be really liberated, especially for women.
but it's like that for everyone. i think if people want to teach dharma then they should be a celibate monastic. like last week i was in a dharma group and they were playing a tape by a quite famous meditation teacher... he is a layman, and i just couldn't wait for the tape to end. I was like, when is he gonna shut up?
Is that mean? I kept thinking I was being kind of rude, but... I also recognized that I jsut didn't care... I just wanted him to shut up. Oh Buddha. Really if laypeople try speaking dharma to me I just go uh huh... uh huh... o really...
It's not that some laypeople aren't liberated. But it's usually celibate laypeople who are liberated.
But then I wonder why they just don't shave their heads and become monks, and i still just really don't want to listen to them.
I guess I am just really biased.
But why on earth would I want a second class Dharma teacher when I already had the best?

This is my favorite part:
Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.”[1]
I think it is important for people who are celibate to first really know who they are because then it's like impossible for them to be lonely.
I think a lot of my Buddhist friends are scared because I use the word love a lot. I don't think that people should give up love, just give up selfish love. I think you have to learn to give it up though. And it's really difficult. Sometimes you just love chocolate. But if you love chocolate and give it away instead of hoarding it for yourself then that is better i think. Anyway. I dunno anything and I didn't say anything.

~an interesting and insightful essay~

I'll let Ajahn Brahm to para-phrase one of the Catholic brother's saying 'God is a better kisser' as follows:

'Jhana is better than sex'.

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