Temenos Eromenos


A men's circle for men who love men


Welcome to the site of Temenos Eromenos. We are a group that is part of the Mystery Tradition of the Minoan Brotherhood. It was founded in 1970's New York by Eddie Buczynski, in the spirit of the ancient Mystery Schools of Classical Antiquity.


We are open to gay and bisexual men, but all men are welcome provided they feel comfortable in a

male to male erotic setting.


Focused on personal experience, within a clearly designed framework of knowledge, exercises and rituals, we connect through ancient Greece, and the societies that preceded it, with a current of power that nourishes and heals a man as an individual, and puts his life and experience, as a man who loves men, in a sacred context.


Using the images and customs from those ancient times, we generate experiences from a mythic-poetic framework that bring us into contact with our masculine energy.


The Minoan Brotherhood puts you in relation to the spiritual and Divine, as well as to the personal emotional and physical levels.


As a group we have our home base in Utrecht, The Netherlands. If it appeals to you and if you are curious, read the site carefully. Of course you can always ask your questions via the form under Contact.


Due to the corona crisis we don't have gatherings at this point, and training is on a one on one basis, mostly online. So if you are interested, please contact us. We accept students from all continents, and provide long distance training in Dutch and English.


Please go to the main website of the Minoan Brotherhood for FAQ.

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Love is One, and One is All!


Minos Alexias


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About us


What are we? What do we do?


The Minoan Brotherhood is a tradition for adult men from the age of 21. We know no dogmas, no imposed doctrines, no condemnation, no sin, and no punishment. We honor male love in all its appearances; it is a phenomenon that in Greek culture has been called the "most noble of all loves" and has been part of everyday social life.


In the midst of today's modern society, we in the Minoan Brotherhood, celebrate our existence and the abundance that Nature gives us. Our goals are:


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Honoring and celebrating the masculine in all its forms, and specifically the love and intimacy that can exist between men; as Friends (Filous), as Brothers (Adelfoi) and as Lovers (Erastes).

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Applying magical techniques with respect for your innate masculine power.

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Making contact with the primal patterns of masculine energy in Nature, and also within ourselves.

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Experiencing Nature as our nourishing Mother who provides us with everything we need. She is the Earth that carries us, and the bed wherein we experience our love.

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To deepen, enrich and fulfill the personal life of the man who loves men.

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As men of the Minoan Brotherhood, we want to claim our heritage of male love, with all its positive attributes that were highly regarded in ancient times. And that is how it should be today, even if only in our personal life. Of course, this will also expand to social acceptance and recognition of our love.

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In Temenos Eromenos your personal experience as a man is seen on three levels; the spiritual, the emotional and the physical. All three levels are interwoven into an experience that takes shape within the tradition.


In order to achieve the above goals and to generate these experiences, you will be included in the cycle of rituals after initiation throughout the year, in which we go along with the seasonal cycle of Nature.

In it we meet the MAN in all its guises.


Religion, spirituality, magic, lust and sexuality are brought together to a core of experiences that enrich your life. In the Minoan Brotherhood we are all initiated, and we are the Lovers of Nature's masculine manifestation. We experience this in ourselves, in the faces of our Brothers, as well as in the Divine, and magically these three converge into one experience. That is what 'Eromenos' means, daring to be the Beloved of all that the masculine can give us. That process will initiate you into our Mysteries.


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Where do we as a group originate from?


Temenos Eromenos is the first, and for the time being, only group of the Minoan Brotherhood in The Netherlands. As the first European branch of the American Kommos Lineage, Minos Alexias, leader of Temenos Eromenos, was directly initiated by Minos Leonidas, the 'father' of our filiation. Our lineage goes back in a direct line to the founder of the Minoan Brotherhood; Eddie Buczynski.

The group where the Kommos Line originates from is led by Minos Leonidas and is called Temenos Gryphon, it's based in Arlington, Virginia, USA.


We have another branch in São Paulo, Brazil, the group Temenos Tauropos, led by Minos Hecaterus.


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For whom is this tradition?


Generally speaking, Temenos Eromenos is for all men who love men. For all who feel comfortable with gay eroticism and intimacy between men, in a comradely, fraternal and sexual sense, and want to experience this in a spiritual context.


The profile of the man who fits us may look like (but is not limited to) the following:


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You are open-minded and willing to broaden your personal horizon.

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You want to honor your own masculinity and experience it on a deeper level in all its facets.

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You are fascinated by the connection between men in all its forms.

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You want to give your love and affection for men a devotional context.

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You want to connect with the transforming male energy within.

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You want to unite the spiritual, emotional and physical into one experience.

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You want to enjoy security, intimacy and sexuality in a spiritual context.

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You want to form a brotherhood with like-minded men.

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You are open to rituals that give depth to your experiences.

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You contribute to a positive, supportive and nourishing atmosphere.


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Structure of the group


We are part of an Initiatory Tradition, which means that admission is only possible through initiation. We are also a Mystery Tradition, which means that the core and actual contents remain secret until you are initiated, and that the true Mysteries can only be revealed after initiation through the experience within the tradition.


To be initiated means that you gain access to the rituals and thus the knowledge and skills that lead to a continuous deepening of your personal experience within the tradition. In this way, the actual Mystery will be revealed to you.


The group is led by a Minos, supposedly the leader and teacher within the group.


The rituals, solo or joint, are skyclad, 'clad in air', or in other words, 'ritually nude'. All rituals have a personal, devotional, intimate and often erotic feel.


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Initiation


Initiation in a general sense is an experience in which the old is left behind, a symbolic death, as it were, to assume a new form, a rebirth in a new quality. Initiation into the Minoan Brotherhood makes you a Priest, Servant and Beloved within our tradition. It is also becoming a part of the group.


In order to be able to decide whether you want to be initiated, we provide a preliminary training that takes approximately one year. During that period you can get acquainted with the ideas of the tradition, the mutual atmosphere, and Minos Alexias, who does all the training. At the end of the preliminary training there is a weighing moment at which you have to state whether you actually want to be initiated. At that moment, the Minos will also say whether he wants to grant the initiation.


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Theology


In the rituals we recognize the concept and presence of the All-Mother as the all-encompassing Universe in which we live. In addition, we recognize the masculine that resides therein, depending on the season in the guises of the Reborn Sun, the Beautiful Youth, the Virile Beast - and Beast should be read here in the sense of a primordial force of Nature -, and as the Spark of Life. In all these capacities we can experience contact with that masculine power in our rituals and honor and celebrate them, as well as use them for personal growth and development.


It is not that we worship an external Deity persé, it is rather that we recognize the Divine within ourselves, and see outer manifestations of Deities as reflections of all those aspects that are also present in us.


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Procedure of enrolling


If you are interested after a thorough reading of the website, you can contact us via the form under Contact or ask your questions. It is greatly appreciated if you introduce yourself in detail and indicate what motivates you to enroll. The Minos will then be in touch with you.


Considerations before signing up:


If after reading the site you are still interested in joining Temenos Eromenos and feel that this is something for you, it is important to read and consider the following points. If you contact us to enroll for the training, we assume that you have carefully read the following:


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We are a traditional Men's Circle, originally called Grove, with a lineage dating back to

Eddie Buczynski (1947-1989) who founded the Minoan Brotherhood in 1977.

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The preliminary training we offer leads, with sufficient commitment and good results, to initiation into the Minoan Brotherhood. An initiation can however never be guaranteed.

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We offer you our time, commitment, hospitality, trust, knowledge, experience and our honest feedback. We expect you to walk the path within our tradition from the same mindset. Ask your questions, and develop your own ethics, vision and experience based on what is offered to you.

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We expect you to adhere to the given structure, etiquette and guidelines, knowing that they are all at the service of every Brother, and the group as a whole.

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We do not distinguish between skin color, religious background or other personal characteristics and appearances. We would like to be informed about your (mental) health status if appropriate.

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Of course there is a selection. Not every man fits in our group. And whether you fit in with us and feel at home depends on many factors. In all cases it is important that there is a mutual 'click'. This is a very subjective thing, but very important. For our part, if we say 'no' to participating in the group, this is not a rejection of you as a person, but simply the observation that the energies do not match sufficiently.

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Be aware that our training and rituals have an intimate and sexually charged character. Of course personal boundaries are never exceeded. We want to take into account everyone's limits to the extent that tradition allows us to.

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It is also important to emphasize that we advocate hygiene and all measures to ensure good health.

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For clarity; we are not a sex club nor a dating group. Everything that can be intimate, erotic and sexual during the training, meetings and rituals goes hand in hand with the spiritual experience that we advocate. So be aware of your personal motivation to participate if you enroll. There are plenty of other places for just sex or dating.

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We come together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We listen to each other and we accept each other as we are. We want a positive, safe and non-judgmental atmosphere in which we support and nurture each other.

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We do not tolerate offensive, provocative or discriminatory behavior.

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Everything that happens and is shared or discussed during training and meetings remains private. Even after you have left us. You never talk about this with third parties. You never tell third parties who is or has been in the group. This is considered a violation of other people's privacy.

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Temenos Eromenos reserves the right at all times to terminate the training of a student if the level of the student is not sufficient, or if someone cannot find a (sufficient) connection with the group, or for similar reasons.

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You are free to go your own way again if you discover that the group or tradition does not suit you. As soon as you stop with us of your own accord, or have to stop for whatever reason, all your rights to information and participation with Temenos Eromenos will expire from that moment on.

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All given knowledge provided within Temenos Eromenos may not be distributed to third parties without permission or used for purposes other than your own personal development and progress on this path. This applies to all learned actions, exercises, meditations, ritual and texts. This will always remain in effect, even after you leave the group.

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All personal information and completed assignments that are submitted will be treated confidentially. If you leave Temenos Eromenos, everything will be deleted.


In perfect Love, and perfect Trust!


Hopefully we will continue talking soon!


Minos Alexias

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