Buddhist Federation expresses concern over risque film at Buddhist film festival

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    SINGAPORE - The Singapore Buddhist Federation (SBF) has voiced concern over the inclusion of a risque film rated R21 in an upcoming independent Buddhist film festival.

    The film, which features nudity and sexual scenes, does not "ring true to Buddhist practices", said the federation's president, Venerable Seck Kwang Phing.


    Ven Seck said that from what he has seen of the film's introduction, the film is inappropriate for screening under the name of Buddhism as it does not introduce Buddhist practices.


    Titled Suffering Of Ninko, the film depicts a young monk struggling to stay virtuous despite young men and women being attracted to him.

    "Buddhism does not ask you to suppress or indulge in your desire," said Ven Seck, who noted that others in the federation were concerned about the film, too.

    "It (the film) looks like it has got nothing to do with Buddhism. There is no Buddhist substance in it," he added.

    ..."The film uses Ninko as a character to represent someone who struggles between suppression and indulgence of one's desires. In Buddhist teachings, neither are appropriate and the key is to understand desire and its root causes in order not to be controlled by it," he added.
    Buddhist Federation expresses concern over risque film at Buddhist film festival

    It's to generate discourse--not intercourse.

    As an aside, I wouldn't mind seeing it.
     
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    Reminds me of the time I stayed in a hotel with my kids. I called the desk and asked, "Can I have my porn disabled?"

    The person at the desk said, "Sicko, we only have normal porn here!" and hung up the phone.
     
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    I think that even though a Buddhist may not have any regulations about sexual behavior, I think it an underlying reality that spirituality and hedonism do not go hand in hand.
     
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    I think the concept of "free of desire" is noble but it is a struggle which the film (from what I can gather) attempts to address.
     
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    Well here is the dirty little secret, nothing is "free". Everything has a price tag attached to it.

    Sorry Bernie Sanders and company.
     

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