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White Crane Journal #52 Spring 2002
Editor's Note: Pleasure
Feature Section: Pleasure
Pleasure: A Philosophical Perspective Dennis Winstead
Bearsex and Bear Community:
The Trouble with Angels
Pleasure, Sex & Salvation
(John Steczynski is creator of the woodblock style graphics that grace this issue, like the one to the right.)
Pleasure and Gay Holiness
Some Things About Gay-Male Porn
Ganymede: The Father God's Love for His Boy
Lift up your robes
Lift up your robes, oh majesty,
Remove your veil of unknowing,
There I'll take whistles and tambourines,
All of this I will do to hold on to myself,
Stay with me, sir, a moment more;
Perry Brass is an award-winning novelist, poet and commentator on gay life and culture. He lives in New York .
You know by the way I walk
I am the King of Werewolves,
There you will find my labyrinthine den--come in unclad
of clothes, make yourself small,
Pleasure and Brokenness
Somebody Turn on a
Bodhisattva Watch: All Have the Same Joys As I
Eager to escape sorrow, men rush into sorrow; from desire of happiness they blindly slay their own happiness, enemies to themselves; they hunger for happiness and suffer manifold pains; whence shall come one so kind as he who can satisfy them with all manner of happiness, allay all their pains, and shatter their delusion--whence such a friend, and whence such a holy deed?
...[such a one] will diligently foster the thought of his fellow-creatures as the same as himself. "All have the same sorrows, the same joys as I, and I must guard them like myself. The body, manifold of parts in its division of members, must be preserved as a whole; and so likewise this manifold universe has its sorrow and its joy in common. Although my pain may bring no hurt to other bodies, nevertheless it is a pain to me, which I cannot bear because of the love of self; and though I cannot in myself feel the pain of another, it is pain to him which he cannot bear because of love of self. I must destroy the pain of another as though it were my own, because it is a pain; I must show kindness to others, for they are creatures as I am myself... so I will frame a spirit of helpfulness and tenderness towards others.
from The Bodhicharyavatara of Santideva (circa 600 A.D.)
I Have a Passion for Masculine Beauty Dr. Li
Joseph Campbell: Precipitations of Consciousness All
There is still one more degree of realization... namely [of] no division, no separation between things: the analogy suggested is of a net of gems: the universe as a great spread-out net with at every joint a gem, and each gem not only reflecting all the others but itself reflected in all. An alternate image is of a wreath of flowers. In a wreath, no flower is the "cause" of any other, yet together, all are the wreath.
The separateness apparent in the world is secondary.
The very great physicist Erwin Schrodinger has made the same metaphysical point in his startling and sublime little book, My View of the World. "All of us living beings belong together," he there declares, "in as much as we are all in reality sides or aspects of one single being, which may perhaps in western terminology be called God while in the Upanishads its name is Brahman."
Beyond the world of opposites is an unseen, but experienced, unity and identity in us all.
For we are all, in every particle of our being, precipitations of consciousness; as are, likewise, the animals and plants, metals cleaving to a magnet and waters tiding to the moon. . . we are to recognize in this whole universe a reflection magnified of our own most inward nature; so that we are indeed its ears, its eyes, its thinking, and its speech--or, in theological terms, God's ears, God's eyes, God's thinking, and God's Word; and, by the same token, participants here and now in an act of creation that is continuous in the whole infinitude of that space of our mind through which the planets fly, and our fellows of earth now among them.
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Reclaiming the Sacred by Raymond-Jean Frontain Steven LaVigne
Being Gay or Lesbian in a Catholic High School: Beyond the Uniform
by Michael Maher Jr, PhD Steven LaVigne
Love, Honor, and Respect by Rev Bob Buchanan from the Publisher
In The City Of Shy Hunters by Tom Spanbauer Mountaine
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker Bruce P. Grether
Creating Man by Michael G. Cornelius Toby Johnson
Sex, Orgasm, & the Mind of Clear Light: The 64 Arts of Gay Male Love
by Jeffrey Hopkins Toby Johnson
The Gay Kama Sutra by Colin Spencer Toby Johnson
Essays on Gay Tantra by William Schindler Toby Johnson
Warlock: A Novel of Possession by Perry Brass Tom Laine
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire Steven Lewis
Iris: The Movie Steven LaVigne
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