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12/01/2011

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Hi Roy,

Little point in quoting a Buddhist Sutra at this man. Especially when the same advice exists in the Christian book too - "Do not quench the spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil." (1 Thess. 5: 19-22)

But I have to say, he is just one man. Many Catholics I know, including my oldest and best friend who is a Catholic Priest and life-long tireless Peace Campaigner, are wonderful people who live upright lives.

As for condoms, it's funny but I used to completely agree with you, now I see both sides of the debate as I once had a good discussion with a (Buddhist) friend who showed me another perspective. Condon use can actually help encourage the widespread casual sexual activity that leads to the spread of HIV. Speaking personally, now I am totally faithful to just one person thank goodness, but when I was much younger this wasn't the case. Using condoms (and sometimes forgetting to do so) didn't prevent me getting STDs. I was lucky I never got HIV. So it could be said that condom use didn't protect me, it encouraged me in risky behaviour.

I'm not saying that's the whole story and of course I believe that condoms should be freely available to all - but I do now have a beter handle on the Catholic perspective and can see some degree of sense in it.

Anyway, enough from me!

Thank you for a thought-provoking post.

Marcus

Dear Marcus,

He is just one man - with a big ol' megaphone. And - he spreads misinformation about Dharmic traditions - like many of his colleagues, including Mr Joseph Ratzinger.

I am not speaking about all Catholics. I am a Catholic. Not a practicing one - but I still identify pretty strongly with the church which is why I react hotly to the antics of the knuckleheads in charge.

I speak about the upper level executives who strive at all cost to preserve the brand, even if it means (for example) systematically covering up the rape of thousands of children.

Even though I'm not talking about all Catholics, I stand by my assessment that there are many many more lay people, priests, nuns, monsignors, bishops and cardinals who know a lot more about the rape of children and the ongoing coverup than any of them are saying. Accessories after the fact one and all.

Whatever - they might not believe in reincarnation - but all the folks connected to this tragedy are gonna get the advanced placement course in Karma.

I can see that casual unprotected sex can lead to the spread of HIV/STD's. I can't see how a tube of latex can encourage me to have casual sex with multiple partners.

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta Georgia says this about the efficacy of condoms:

Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In addition, consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including diseases transmitted by genital secretions, and to a lesser degree, genital ulcer diseases. Condom use may reduce the risk for genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-associated diseases, e.g., genital warts and cervical cancer.

Overall, the preponderance of available epidemiologic studies have found that when used consistently and correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV infection and reduce the risk of other STDs

I have not as of yet found citations at the CDC indicating that latex condoms increase casual sexual encounters, which reminds me of a story Doe Bom Kun Sunim told us one Saturday evening about a Sunim, who was plagued by seemingly irresistible lust. He decided one day to cut off his own penis. Kun Sunim told us "He blamed the wrong organ.."

The overarching point of this post is that the church has many cesspits of its own it could be busy cleaning up way way way way before they start pointing the boney finger of blame at - yoga practitioners??? Really Rome? Yoga practitioners?

While I freely admit that the sight of a sweaty, red-faced, blocky Irishman dressed in spandex, trying to get himself into Downward Facing Dog might make people *think* they've seen something Satanic in nature - I don't think that one could say that about the rest of yoga and other eastern traditions in general.

Thank you as always for visiting and taking the time to share your point of view.

I hope you are well.

Sincerely,

- roy

"While I freely admit that the sight of a sweaty, red-faced, blocky Irishman dressed in spandex, trying to get himself into Downward Facing Dog might make people *think* they've seen something Satanic in nature - I don't think that one could say that about the rest of yoga and other eastern traditions in general."

Brilliant paragraph! So funny! And, yes, of course true - speaking as both a Buddhist and a (very often sweaty, red-faced, and definitley blocky) yoga practitioner!

All the best again mate,

Marcus _/\_

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