Not to mention that christian homophobia has it's roots in scripture.
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > What I wrote was indeed simplistic, but that's because it's a very simple > distinction. > > > > I know of course that many Christians are homophobic. Some are racist. > There are probably many Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists that are also > homophobic and/or racist. That's not the point. > > > > All zen sanghas are open to all people. If there are groups that call > themselves sanghas but limit or focus their membership on a specific group > and are not open to all people, then they are not a zen sangha. If you find > such a sangha - like a gay/lesbian zen sangha or a White/Black/Asian zen > sangha or women/men-only sangha you should run away, run away. > > > > It's as simple as that. > > > > .Bill! > > > > Curt Wrote: > > This is overly simplistic. In theory what is said here should also apply > > to Christians - and yet many Christian individuals and many Christian > > churches are extremely homophobic. > > - Curt > > > > Bill Smart wrote: > > All zen sanghas are for all people. I have never heard of any zen > > group that restricts or focuses its membership on any specific > > classification of people. To do so would be to reinforce the erroneous > > idea that Buddha nature or the way to realize it is not the same in > > all people. Like all communities, there are some that have a larger > > percentage of certain types of people. Maybe there are some sanghas > > that have a higher percentage of gays/lesbians than others. I don't > > know. Hopefully someone else on the Forum will have some more specific > > information. > > > > Wanghualia_5 wrote: > > I am Gay, and I practice zazen. Is there any sangha or Zen Temple for > > Gay/lesbians? > Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/