Lust for Enlightenment

Buddhism and Sex
Author(s): John Stevens
Genre: Religion, History
Original Publish Date: Dec 08, 1990
Product Number: EB00688124
Released: Oct 31, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780834829343
Publisher: Shambhala
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Over the centuries, Buddhism has responded to sexuality in a variety of fascinating ways, sometimes suppressing the sexual urge, sometimes sublimating it, sometimes cultivating it, and, on the highest levels, transforming it. This book reveals how Buddhists, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, relate to the "inner fire" that drives humankind. Included are chapters on the Buddha's love life before his enlightenment and his later relationships with women; the tantric approach to sex among Buddhists of ancient India, Tibet, China, and Japan; Zen in the art of love; and a positive discussion of women and Buddhism.