Outline of FWBO teaching on sex
FWBO teaching on sex is quite convoluted (as documented below). In outline:
1 Women are lower
on the evolutionary scale than men.
2 Heterosexual relationships
are generally the result of projection and neurotic attachment. The
couple is the enemy of the spiritual community.
3 The nuclear family,
as a breeding ground for neurosis and child abuse, is an 'enemy to be
destroyed'. Single-sex communities and right-livelihood businesses provide
a better basis for developing spiritual friendship and becoming a 'true
4 Homosexual relationships
('Greek love') are actively encouraged as a medium of spiritual friendship,
and as a means of overcoming conditioning.
ideas are not necessarily taught openly at public centres. The more radical
aspects are generally only introduced once order members feel confident
that a newcomer has made a genuine commitment to the FWBO. It is a sort
of 'bait and switch' technique - the FWBO at first teach real Buddhism,
and then introduce their own stuff later.
ways in which the FWBO attempts to justify these teachings as genuine
Buddhism is discussed in more detail in The FWBO Files in the section:
Doctrines of Sangharakshita and the FWBO'.
'Sexual Manipulation' section of this site provides examples of the above
teachings on sex. Some items are fuller versions of certain quotes cited
in the Doctrines section of the Files, others are from new material published
subsequent to the Files. It comprises the following pages:
lower on evolutionary scale than men (2,000 words)
Some quotes from the book 'Women, Men and Angels'
Evolution & Higher Evolution (500 words)
Some quotes from FWBO publications, explaining how these concepts are
understood within the FWBO
projection (1,700 words)
1. from a seminar in which Sangharakshita suggests that men should develop
their own inner femininity, rather than projecting it onto women, in order
to become free from (hetero)sexual desire.
2. from a magazine article, in which Tejananda extols the benefits of
FWBO single-sex communities as a way to overcome any 'tendency to over-identify
with one's "male-ness" or "female-ness"'.
3. from a book by Subhuti, on the benefits of single-sex activities in
minimising sexual projection and polarisation.
4. a dissenting view from a non-FWBO member.
and non-neurotic sexuality (300 words)
A short extract
from a seminar, in which Sangharakshita defines a non-neurotic sexual
relationship as one in which neither partner would be upset if the relationship
were to break up.
as enemy of spiritual community (1,400 words)
This page provides the context for the quote: 'The "couple" is the enemy
of the spiritual community', cited in The FWBO Files at note
community as assault on existing social set-up (900 words)
This page provides the context for the quotes that families
'a really massive source of conditioning' (Files note
'the single-sex community is probably our most powerful means of frontal
assault on the existing social set-up' (note
'If you set up communities, you abolish the family at a stroke' (note
short extracts (450 words)
Shabda collection 1
Shabda collection 2
Comments by order members on the Guardian article,
power relationships, and the promotion of homosexuality as superior to
published in the FWBO's order magazine, Shabda, and compiled by two (now
ex) order members for open circulation.
contains links to following pages
Subhuti Shabda quote:
Homosexuality as kalyana mitrata (Files note 52)
letter & Subhuti B'ist Vision p143
Tricycle quote & 2 Ratnotara quotes & Kovida report
of homosexuality double bind (650 words) (cited in Files note
An outline of
Sangharakshita's views on homosexuality and spiritual friendship.
morality vs. Natural morality (800 words)
How the FWBO sees these two different kinds of morality.