The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality by Bernard Faure

By Bernard Faure

Is there a Buddhist discourse on intercourse? during this cutting edge examine, Bernard Faure finds Buddhism's paradoxical attitudes towards sexuality. His remarkably large variety covers the complete geography of this faith, and its lengthy evolution from the time of its founder, Xvkyamuni, to the premodern age. The author's anthropological procedure uncovers the inherent discrepancies among the normative teachings of Buddhism and what its fans practice.

Framing his dialogue on essentially the most admired Western thinkers of sexuality--Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault--Faure attracts from diversified reservoirs of writings, akin to the orthodox and heterodox "doctrines" of Buddhism, and its monastic codes. nearly untapped mythological in addition to felony assets also are used. The dialectics inherent in Mahvyvna Buddhism, specifically within the Tantric and Chan/Zen traditions, looked as if it would permit for better laxity or even inspired breaking of taboos.

Faure additionally deals a historical past of Buddhist monastic lifestyles, which has been buffeted via anticlerical attitudes, and by way of makes an attempt to control sexual habit from either inside of and past the monastery. In chapters dedicated to Buddhist homosexuality, he examines the way this sexual habit was once at the same time condemned and idealized in medieval Japan.

This publication will attraction specially to these attracted to the cultural background of Buddhism and in premodern jap tradition. however the tale of the way one of many world's oldest religions has confronted one in every of life's maximum difficulties makes attention-grabbing interpreting for all.

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