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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Crazy Wisdom

I learned something last night: I came across Drukpa Kunley, a 15th century Buddhist monk from modern day Bhutan.

All that you really need to know about him is that he is remembered for enlightening people, especially women, using somewhat unorthodox methods (hint, his "flaming thunderbolt" is exactly what you think it is). Even today, five centuries after his death, people in Bhutan worship phalluses (his in particular) and they will even paint phalluses on their doors in an effort to ward off evil spirits.

Oh, he was also notorious for drinking lots of "chhaang", a Tibetan beverage very similar to beer. If I'm not mistaken, he taught that getting drunk and having crazy sex were the best ways to transcend the evils and hypocrisies of the world. Somehow I think Siddhartha Gautama, otherwise known as Buddha, would be shaking his head.

Why don't they teach this stuff in history class?


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