Let’s start out with a full disclosure…this is crass post and I wonder if I should be asking about this at all but… I yam what I yam.
Since we are traveling sans children to Tibet I have been wondering…is it kosher to have sex in a guest house monastery? There appear to be no written rules of etiquette written about this. In my own experience I have discovered the following:
Movie Theater…not okay
On a horribly long airplane flight…how often do they clean the blankets?
10th Floor of the Hilton in the elevator…okay if you don’t get caught
In front of the police station in your car…definatly not okay
In your parents house when you are unmarried…oh gross
In your parents house when you are married…oh gross
At the Boy Scout Camp at 3 am in the shower? Probably not but it is a little titillating.
On the roof top of a certain hotel in Vegas…oh yes…please!
But a monastery? Even one with a guest house? I just don’t know. It almost seems sacrilegious like “doing it” on the alter or worse… with the alter boy.
In researching the issue it appears that for a person who is seeking to live a monastic life the answer is a definite NO. According to the teachings of various Buddhist monks, that by ridding ourselves of lust and greed we liberate ourselves from unnecessary suffering. And if the intention is to rid ourselves of suffering we must also rid ourselves of those things that cause suffering and sex would obviously be high on that list. BUT…
I am not seeking to live a monastic life, I will be in a guest house and the most important thing…I will be without children. How does this change the dynamics? I do not know. But one thing I do know is I am not going all the way to Tibet to only use my pilate muscles for trekking up a mountain. I only hope we will be smart enough not to get our body parts frozen to things not easily removed.
Oh and FYI whatever you do NEVER google… sex in a monastery…just sayin’…gross!