Buddhas and Testosterone
Imagine a monk who has found his Buddha-nature and become awakened.
He sits in a lotus position on the ground, smiling, blissfully staring at rocks. And he sees the rocks as what they truly are:—rocks. And when he finds other rocks, or a tree, he thinks just that: rock, tree.
He doesn’t think, “I could use these rocks to…,” nor “I find these rocks are…,” nor “What if this tree…?” No. His mind is free, and his soul is happy.
He is free from desire. He smiles. He is humble in his actions and kind with his soft-spoken words. He does not pass judgment on others. Imbued with compassion, his smile radiates the divinity of love.
Everything to him is one, and everything is beautiful—objectively beautiful. In every object, he sees the beauty of the Universe. He has no desire to experience it anyway different. He is not pulled by that beauty. His will is at peace. While everything to him has a deep purpose, he is not driven to follow a purpose. He is already enlightened. Why would he strive? He just smiles, he just is, and his being is joy.
I once talked with a man who had to use antiandrogens to treat his prostate cancer. With reduced testosterone levels, he felt, thought, and lived precisely like such a picture-book monk. He would stare at the walls for hours, blissfully, with no desire to do anything or experience anything different.
Are Buddhas just men well-adapted to chronically low testosterone levels? Maybe they have learned to overcome the cultural illusion of masculinity. I wonder whether there is a record low in a man’s testosterone at the very moment he reaches enlightenment. After all, testosterone is the hormone of desire. When you grow free from desires and you become truly happy, you likely grow free from your manhood, too.
Meditation and Manliness
Buddhist tales, as we hear them in Western countries, have us believe that one walks the path to enlightenment by sitting down and meditating. Why would you ever do that if the end result is low testosterone? Do you hate being a man? Are you not man enough to deal with the repercussions of your “toxic masculinity”?
Still, here on Mindcoolness, we value meditation highly. We do not care about happiness, which is just a feeling and a byproduct of doing one’s True Will. And as long as our desires have deep roots in true pride, being alined with the True Will, we do not care about freedom from them. What we care about is freedom through strength! And we value meditation as a tool to augment our strength.
For it is through meditation that we learn to control our bodies, toughen our minds, and intensify the power of our wills. In addition, the stress-reducing effect of mindfulness practices even helps us boost our androgen hormones. Above all, meditation is training in groundedness, in resilience, in focus, in presence. And this presence may well be masculine presence.
- Is Meditation an Escape from Life?
- The Truth about Testosterone: Aggression, Sex, and Social Status
- Why Pride Will Never Die
- What Is Pride? On the Feeling of Greatness
- MBSR Mindfulness Challenge – Part 1 [Introduction]
- How Meditation Makes Us Rebels
Lastly, I am currently field-testing a new method of meditation I have come up with. If it proves effective for sustainable self-control development, I will turn it into a step-by-step program and release it here on mindcoolness.com. So stay put and subscribe to the mindcoolness newsletter! The program may be coming soon.