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Offline Dharma Flower

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Was a Zen master a sex addict?
« on: March 05, 2017, 09:03:01 pm »
I find this article comforting, especially with the sexual struggles I've had throughout my life:

Nowhere have I read of remorse, guilt, shame, or despair over powerlessness in regard to his sexual behavior. Along with this, and a criterion for most mental health disorders, is the absence of any distress or impairment as a result of his sexual behavior...

Whether or not one wants to believe in sexual addiction, some people have a problem with controlling their sexual desires. Others, possibly like Ikkyu, use it as a path toward enlightenment... In both the spirit of Zen, and in the philosophy of only using diagnosis to help the client (as I argue in, "Does Diagnosing Occur to Make The Clinician Comfortable"), I would not diagnose Master Ikkyu as a sex addict.

Being raised Catholic, I had a heavy burden of guilt for my sexual interests, even as a heterosexual. Now that I am married, I feel embarrassed to discuss sex with my wife, even when we are alone in the same room. Reading the above article helps me to see that sex is a natural part of life.


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