Buddhism and Nudism – What do the Buddhists think about nudism?
From Buddhism to Nudism
Many Buddhists have become naturists, which is another name for nudists. Most Buddhists do not use religion as their reasons for wanting to walk around with out their clothes on. The idea of being nude is a natural way of life to them, no matter what the Bible or society says about it. Their way of thinking is more about freedom of speech and expression. To Buddhists, a society that says something so natural is wrong, is just another way to exert control over how people live their lives. Nudism is a way for Buddhists to say that they will not be bound by such oppressive narrow minded thinking. Being nude for many people is more normal to them than wearing clothes. They feel much freer when they are not so encumbered by clothes that remind them of the oppressive climate that started over two thousand years ago from one form of thought. Hindus in India still perform many skyclad rituals where the male is nude. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions that is still being taught in today’s world. It is the closest religion to true spirituality than any other religion. It is no surprise that this type of religion would see nudity as the perfect human state. It is the closest to God that most people can get because it shows the true spirit that lives inside of the human flesh. A spirit without fears, or embarrassment, or shame is a soul that has progressed beyond the human form, while still in the human body. To wear clothes on a person is like covering up the true spirit within. When a person dies and sheds their physical form, the spirit is naked in front of God, just as they were before entering the Earth’s plane. In the spirit world, spirits can walk around with or without clothes. There are no oppressive rules that spirits have to follow because they have returned back to their true selves.
Becoming a nudist is a way for a person to turn back into their true selves, which is the spirit who lives in confidence with whom they truly are underneath all of the facades. Jainism is another religion that teaches the soul to progress past the human way of thinking. To be oppressed is to stifle the freedom of the soul to reach divine consciousness. Oppression thwarts the souls path to their divine nature. Having the freedom to think for ones self is the path that opens the conscious mind to all sorts of spiritual experiences. Performing rituals in the nude is a right of passage to a greater path of knowledge. To perform the rituals in clothes, would take away from their true message. Wiccans performed most of their rituals in the nude due to the rite of passage rules of the witchcraft handbook, which stated that all rituals would be performed in the nude, in order to free themselves from their oppressors.
Islamics frown upon nudity in public. Their rules are stringent and binding when it comes to nudity. Islamic women are not allowed to show any parts of their skin when in public. They are to adhere to the clothing rules of being covered from head to toe with a scarf around their heads to cover their face. The same goes for men and children. Men do not have to dress from head to toe, but they are only to be seen naked in front of their wives while in the privacy of their own homes.
There are many clothing optional beaches where people are allowed to run around on the beach nude. People who show up in clothes due to embarrassment, soon start to feel more comfortable and they will shed their clothes. Nudists who inhabit nude beaches are trying to teach others about the value of being who they are without all of the encumbrances of societies rules. Appearing nude in public has nothing to do with sexual or lustful intentions. It is a way of life, and a freedom of expression. Nudists teach others how to be comfortable in each others presence by looking beyond the fact that the person is nude. People will start to feel a sense of belonging when they see that each person is the same underneath the clothes. Freedom without judgment is the perfect state that any person can find themselves in. When they challenge themselves by going against the grain, they are showing that they can rise above fear and persecution. They will have reached true spiritual enlightenment when they can live their lives without fear.
Wikopedia on Naturism- http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturism
Wikopedia on Skyclad Neopaganism- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyclad_(Neopaganism)
Wikopedia on Jainism- http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism
About the Author (Author Profile)Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
As a Buddhist naturist I was delighted by this article. It reminds me of a quote by Alan Watts "The prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Western science nor with the experimental philosophy-religions of the East — in particular the central and germinal Vedanta philosophy of Hinduism. This hallucination underlies the misuse of technology for the violent subjugation of man's natural environment and, consequently, its eventual destruction. We are therefore in urgent need of a sense of our own existence which is in accord with the physical facts and which overcomes our feeling of alienation from the universe." What better salve for our wounds than naturism?