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Drawn on parched paper the prophecies of saints and karma of the sinners

Hell is multidimensional, naked women with evil eyes and fat men in copulation

Paradise is monks in maroon colored robes with androgynous smiles-

They were all redeemed unlike you and me

They all spurned you in the pursuit of greater truth.

Your man is a loser, tied to your demonic apron and your insidious lust

Does it matter if you gave birth to Buddha?

Oh I apologize (what an ignoramus!) for legend has it that he was too pure

He didn’t need to slide through your bloodied birth canal.

Yasodhara remained a single mother; the great man after all owed no debt to women.

He emerged from the armpit to relieve us of suffering

ARMPIT?! Well pardon me (says the ignoramus again).

Does that still make him human? Oh! He wasn’t? So he fooled us?

He made us believe he was human? Well where is social justice?

I am sick of these superMAN tales.

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9 responses »

  1. Hi Drugmo, The Buddha is said to have been born in a way that caused no pain to his mother. Maybe that is why the birth is described this way.

  2. Hi Dawa La, if Buddha caused no pain to his mother at birth does that mean he already had supernatural power which means he was not really “human” since you and I know that childbirth labor cannot be controlled by a ‘normal’ baby. My view is that these types of myths were created later by the followers to give him “godlike” powers when Buddhism began forming itself into an institutionalized religion. I see it as unfortunate because his spirituality and its core appeal to many practitioners is that every human being has the capacity to become a Buddha, which makes it much more accessible rather than a predetermined destiny. In my mind, he was a ordinary human who later became an awakened being. I do not think he had any control or supernatural powers at birth. Sometimes you can’t help but wish historical characters wrote journals, in this case Maya Devi about her experiences giving birth to Siddhartha.

  3. Drugmo-la
    It’s true it would be nice if they left personal records. Actually Buddha’s mother died shortly after his birth so actually it may be that his birth caused her death. He was raised by his aunt.

    When you look at Buddhist history its important to know the differences between Mahayana and Hinayana history. Accoding to Hinayana he was a regular human but one born with an incredible store of merit from his past lives. It was said at his birth that he had either the potential to become a great monarch and conquer much of the world or to become a great renunciate and attain great realization, which ever path he chose to follow. That’s why his father tried to keep him locked away even though his natural disposition was to follow a spiritual path.

    According to Mahayana history he was also just a regular person but many many lifetimes ago, when born the final time he was already a great Bodhisattva but not fully enlightened.He purposely was reborn as a human in order to reach final Buddhahood and to teach Dharma to the world. I don’t think this takes away from the fact that anyone can practice and reach liberation. In the Mahayana path because of compassion for beings it takes a very long time to reach buddhahood, but for Hinayana they can reach liberation in only a single life.

    While it’s true that most of these myths may have been created later they actually have a purpose but only when viewed with the correct context, these days we receive a mixture of
    traditions’ histories at once and so get the contexts muddled up. However each in its place is an excellent teaching. Personally I don’t think Institutionalized Buddhism inherently sexist, but I do see the cultures it’s involved with as sexist, especially ancient Indian culture. Also many of the text written by monks for monks to help them maintain celibacy are now viewed without that context. You should read about Ani Tenzin Palmo’s efforts to have more equality for nuns, she is a great champion of female rights, but at the same time works constructively and understands the historical and cultural complexities.

    Sorry to ramble…

    Keep up the good writing, I look forward to more.

  4. I find this discussion most interesting, being female myself. No, I do not believe that Buddhism is inherently sexist. It is just unfortunate that spirituality is always attached with the social and cultural strings of the society it has evolved from.

  5. I think it comes down to how spirituality was interpreted by the “less” enlightened or even lay persons (with due respect to the gurus) over the course of the history. I guess we just have to remember that the practitioners started up as lay persons. So it is inevitable that their sociocultural value was reflected in the practice of the religion.

    The Buddhist belief stripped of the glaze of the earthly burdens is ultimately unassuming, equal and universal. The same may be said to the core spirits of other religions.

    Sorry for posting something so analytical and therefore anti-poetic in such a poetic theme. I’ve just recently lost the ability to speak beautifully.

  6. Hi Drgmola,
    I happen to stumble upon ur page and jst finished reading ur entire blog..thoughts delightfully shared.
    Here I would like to share that whatever is the life story of Buddha, his teachings if you analyse and apply in daily life, you can’t deny the fact that, its all real and still very much applicable in this modern high tech world.
    Keep typing more.

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