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The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality 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 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 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 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 All.

10 thoughts on “The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality

  1. says:

    The Red Thread Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality by Bernard Faure manages to be both scholarly and a fun read at the same time In an attempt to uncover a Buddhist discourse on sex Faure examines a wide variety of source, ranging from monastic texts, novels, plays, poetics, legal texts myths etc., and considers the role both social and political factors play in shaping religious doctrine Faure does not dwell overmuch on the Indian roots of Buddhism, and most of the materials he draws upon are from Chinese and Japanese sources A key point he makes is that there is really no universal Buddhism, but rather multivocal Buddhisms.Faure notes, at the outset, that in the text Woman is conspicuously absent, or she appears in as much as she is an element of the Buddhist discourse on sexuality not for herself, as individual, but as one pole of attraction or repulsion in a gendered male discourse about sex Denied the role of a subject in this discourse, she is primarily the emblem of larger generative, karmic or social processes, with positive or ...

  2. says:

    A useful book on sexuality and the Buddhist phenomenon as seen through the eyes of a French academic happy to use the insights of Foucault and Bataille He refuses to reify a way of seeing that goes back over two millennia and covers huge areas of Asian space but this means that his analysis is suggestive rather than conclusive This has the virtue of honesty.Similarly, Faure does not shy away from his own deep knowledge of Japanese literary and religious culture and his obvious interest in leading us towards his next planned book on women in Buddhism.This means something of an over emphasis on Japan and a tendency to a sub feminist discourse but these are minor critisms of a book that should be essential reading for any sentimentalist about Buddhism.The section on the paedophiliac rape culture of Japanese medieval Buddhism indicates a deviant and exploitative use by an essentially sex negative culture not so different from Judaeo Christianity.Indeed, the overwhelming impression of Buddhism is of yet another essentialist displaceme...

  3. says:

    It quite interesting to find out that homosexuality in medieval Japan is perceived as Buddhist, Manjuri is considered the most important patron of male homosexuality Faure s apt use of Bataillean concept of transgression and Foucultian concept of power allows us to see the multiple power relations from below that produces mobile and transitory points of resistance, unsta...

  4. says:

    A bit on the academic side, but still a fascinating look at the way the Buddhist views on sexuality have evolved through time and space.

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