Libido Over Credo, Thai Buddhist Edition

Today Calico takes up the subject of young Thai monk with a healthy Libido who got caught watching porn on the bus and has since gone viral.

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by Calico Rudasill, Porn For Women

If you’ve ever heard Joseph Campbell talk about the story of Tristan and Isolde, then you’re probably familiar with the phrase “libido over credo,” a more poetic version of the notion love conquers all – including one’s own religious and moral convictions.

As Campbell saw it, the legend of Tristan and Isolde represented the establishment of Western romanticism and the now-cherished idea love should be the driving force behind institutions like marriage, as opposed to the sort of familial, social and political agreements which underpinned traditional arranged marriages.

As I see it, love isn’t the only force that overwhelms our various (and supposedly sacrosanct) philosophical and moral positions, because there’s no denying the power of raw lust, either. How can we otherwise explain the frequent dalliances of famous men of the cloth, from Jimmy Swaggart to Ted Haggard? (Well OK, in Haggard’s case, I suppose you could argue it was also a case of “meth over megachurch,” so to speak, but clearly lust had its role to play, too.)

Obviously, guys like Swaggart and Haggard had no intention of marrying their lovers; hell, for all I know, the preachers didn’t even know their lovers’ real names. Romantic love it wasn’t, but something sure as hell overwhelmed their credos in a hot, sweaty minute.

If I were a betting woman, I’d wager whatever gripped Swaggart and Haggard is the same basic force which recently bulled right over the dogma of a certain Thai monk whose choice of on-bus entertainment has since gone viral.

A monk has allegedly been filmed watching loud porn on his smartphone on public transport in broad daylight. The young man in orange robes and sunglasses is seen resting his phone against the chair in front of him while he watches a man and woman who appear to be having sex. It was captured by student Wittawat Wonghajuk, 19, who had been travelling on the coach at 10am on Saturday morning in Loei province, northern Thailand.
He uploaded the video to Facebook with the caption ‘Help me share this clip. I can’t stand it’ and it has now had more than 1.5 million views.

Or Maybe He’s Just A Guy Who Digs Wearing Orange Robes?

Before going any further, I must admit making a couple questionable assumptions here.

First, even though the media reports I’ve read tend to place the word ‘monk’ in quotation marks, as though there’s some doubt the man really is a monk, I’m going to roll with the description. Second, I’m going to go a little further out on the same limb and speculate he’s a Buddhist monk, mostly because Trappists are very rare in Thailand and Benedictines generally prefer black robes.

Whatever his sect, I also think it’s a bit unfair to assume this guy was watching porn to further his own sexual arousal, unless he was pitching an eightfold tent that isn’t visible in the footage taken by his fellow traveler.

It’s not as though monks receive a lot of education concerning either sexual positions or cyberspace, so maybe this young monk was merely conducting a little online research, just to see what all the fuss is about. Sure, this would seem a clear violation of both “Right Conduct” and “Right Effort” where Buddhist practices are concerned, but maybe our young monk friend didn’t appreciate what he was doing until after the video stopped buffering.

Then again, if one gets caught watching porn on the bus, this definitely can’t be said to represent “Right Mindfulness,” which includes the need to be conscious of what you’re doing at all times – a requirement which, I should hope, covers the need to be aware of the fact other people on the bus can see and hear your porn video playing.

That Buddha Guy Seems Friendly, But….

So one, always mindful, should avoid sexual desires. Letting them go, he will cross over the flood like one who, having bailed out the boat, has reached the far shore.

The above is something Buddha said (allegedly), according to the Sutta Nipata.

With all due respect, this guy was supposed to be enlightened? Well, maybe so, but all I can say is if avoiding sexual desires is what it takes to be enlightened, I’ll stick to being an unenlightened, constantly suffering, ignorant slut (but please don’t call me “Jane”).

At the same time, whether one is a Buddhist monk or not, it’s awfully damn rude to openly watch porn on the bus. So, to the extent refraining from doing so can be said to represent Right Effort, I’ve got that much of the Noble Eightfold Path mastered, no problem.

Somehow though, I’m guessing vigorously riding my husband’s face as soon as I get home from my porn-deprived bus trip does not represent Right Effort, so I’m just going to continue to give this whole Buddhism thing a wide berth.

It’s for the best, really; I’ve never looked good in saffron, anyway.

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