Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism #20) (Hardcover)

By Jose Ignacio Cabezon

Wisdom Publications, 9781614293507, 632pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

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This magnum opus from a prolific scholar of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism surveys classical Buddhism's approach to sex, gender, and sexual orientation.

In this extremely readable book, Jose Cabezon, the XIVth Dalai Lama Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, takes us on a tour-de-force journey through Buddhist literature. More than twenty-five years in the making, this detailed sourcebook on the depiction of sexual identity, desire, restriction, and deviance in the classical South Asian traditions is filled with both engaging translations and original and provocative analysis. Cabezon speaks not as a distant observer but from within the tradition as a Buddhist "theologian," keeping the material relevant to the modern reader, but he does so with a steady and unsentimental gaze. His knowledge is so broad that he is able to marshal an incredible array of scriptures, legal texts, and philosophical treatises that will be of immense interest not only to scholars of both Buddhism and gender studies but also to lay readers who want to learn more about traditional Buddhist attitudes toward sex. This singular book will stand as a landmark in the field for many years to come.

About the Author

Jose Ignacio Cabezon is the Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and XIVth Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is the author or editor of a dozen books and many more articles on various aspects of Tibetan religion and religious studies, with research interests as diverse as Madhyamaka philosophy, Buddhism and sexuality, classical South Asian political ethics, and Tibetan ritual. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.