Om Mani Padme Hum ~~Celebrate not Celibate

Cambodian Temple: All Photos by Genie Nakano

Once upon a time I considered living in a monastery. Temple life seemed so much more peaceful than worldly living. However, Theravada Buddhism monks must be celibate. I wondered why but never talked about it with the monks.
So this is my fantasy poem for all my monk friends who live a life of celibacy.

Om Mani Padme hum~~Celebrate no Celibate

Standing on the steps
of an ancient Cambodian temple
a daydream starts to reel
a thousand years tickle my toes
as footsteps vibrate under my feet

The daydream
takes me deep inside
to hear
Om mani padme hum
the ancient Pali language

Sandalwood incense mixes
with the fragrant Rumdul flowers
rising to the heavens
I am dizzy with this scent
the gods in this temple love women

am blessed to be here
bringing rice cakes dipped in honey,
mangoes and ambrosia wine
the day turns into night
dreams continues on…

A rainbow moon
rises in an indigo sky
Om mani padmi hum
three thousand years ago
monks knew secrets of erotica

is blissful in this temple,
the night goes on
the love goes on
Om mani padmi hum

To all my dear
Theravada Venerable friends
this is just a daydream
Oh, why can’t this be real
I am stuck in the land of Covid dreaming up a dream…

Genie Nakano

All Photos by Genie Nakano, 2015

Published by genienakano

I love writing--It's my joy, my therapy--my confession. I'm a performer, dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, write a poetry column for Rafu Shimpo. Growth and love of life is a key to my happiness.

4 thoughts on “Om Mani Padme Hum ~~Celebrate not Celibate

  1. Monks and yogis seem to go with the belief that in order to seek spirituality, one must deny earthly desires. I think earthly desires are a gift to us but have to be used in a way that they don’t overtake our path, but maybe this is not possible or very difficult to do, pitting the mind against the body. Maybe that’s why they decided to just get rid of anything that causes inner conflict.


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