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(The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality.pdf) Is there a Buddhist discourse on sex In this innovative study Bernard Faure reveals Buddhism s paradoxical attitudes toward sexuality His remarkably broad range covers the entire geography of this religion and its long evolution from the time of its founder Xvkyamuni to the premodern age The author s anthropological approach uncovers the inherent discrepancies between the normative teachings of Buddhism and what its followers practice br br br Framing his discussion on some of the most prominent Western thinkers of sexuality Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault Faure draws from different reservoirs of writings such as the orthodox and heterodox doctrines of Buddhism and its monastic codes Virtually untapped mythological as well as legal sources are also used The dialectics inherent in Mahvyvna Buddhism in particular in the Tantric and Chan Zen traditions seemed to allow for greater laxity and even encouraged breaking of taboos br br br Faure also offers a history of Buddhist monastic life which has been buffeted by anticlerical attitudes and by attempts to regulate sexual behavior from both within and beyond the monastery In two chapters devoted to Buddhist homosexuality he examines the way in which this sexual behavior was simultaneously condemned and idealized in medieval Japan br br br This book will appeal especially to those interested in the cultural history of Buddhism and in premodern Japanese culture But the story of how one of the world s oldest religions has faced one of life s greatest problems makes fascinating reading for allDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality books for multiple devices.

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