The sentence "cited" generally goes something like, "In addition he recommends feeding a twelve-year-old honey and sweets before ritual sexual intercourse (Chöpel, 1992, p. 177)."
Chöpel says nothing of the sort. The above phrase is taken not from Chöpel's work, but from the book, "The Shadow of the Dalai Lama," by Victor and Victoria Trimondi (Mariana and Herbert Röttgen). The Trimondis have clearly been untruthful about Chöpel's writing; he says nothing about offering 12 year olds sweets before ritual sex, and on the contrary says very clearly 12 year olds aren't ready for sex.
Gendün Chöpel's Tibetan Arts of Love is not about ritual sex at all, in fact--it's about common sex between householders, and how they may have a more pleasurable sex life together. It's also about partners honoring each other in general, and pushes the society of his time to elevate women to equal status as men.
For a detailed discussion and analysis of this issue, including links to sources, please see: http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/15905 ... choepel/p1
If preferred, I'm happy to post relevant parts here on Dharma Wheel instead. I think it's important to set the record straight on this oft-repeated bit of Trimondillusion.
"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.
At any rate, I find Gendün Chöpel an amazing writer.
JKhedrup wrote:Thanks for going to the trouble to research this. It is very sad how slander can become truth in the universe of the internet. No one is saying that TB is without scandals, but to deliberately print false things about the teachings with a political motive is pretty low. I wonder if the Trimondis would ever consider a retraction.
Worth pursuing; some of those posting this false statement across the internet over the past few years have mentioned that they are personally in touch with Mariana and Herbert Röttgen, so it seems like a good idea to ask about a retraction.
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