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Sex, Sin, and Zen : A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between
by Brad Warner


Overview - With his one-of-a kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A-to-Z of sexual topics from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography. In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism emptiness, compassion, karma from a sexual vantage.  Read more...

 
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Overview
With his one-of-a kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A-to-Z of sexual topics from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography. In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism emptiness, compassion, karma from a sexual vantage. Throughout, he stares down the tough questions: Can prostitution be a right livelihood? Can a good spiritual master also be really, really bad? And ultimately, what's love got to do with any of it? While no puritan when it comes to non-vanilla sexuality, Warner offers a conscious approach to sexual ethics and intimacy real-world wisdom for our times."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781577319108
  • ISBN-10: 1577319109
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publish Date: August 2010
  • Page Count: 283
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.54 x 0.74 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Books > Religion > Sexuality & Gender Studies
Books > Religion > Buddhism - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-08-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

There's not exactly a large shelf of books on this subject, so leave it to the iconoclastic ex-punk-rocker Zen teacher Warner (Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate) to plunge in, double entendres in footnotes and all. The subject is as fundamental as the human sex drive, which does not go away as one spends time on the cushion. Since most Buddhists are laypeople (yes, the author intends that pun), Warner offers practice- and experience-based analysis and reflection over a wide range of sex-related topics and flavors, from vanilla (traditional hetero) to kink. A mind-opening interview with Zen-influenced porn star Nina Hartley is included, as is discussion of a difficult topic in Buddhism: student-teacher sexual involvement. Warner is as usual at his best in confessional-analytic mode; he's been romantically involved with a student and written a Buddhist column for a sex-positive Web site. A few chapters seem dry or even unnecessary: a chapter on Amma, for example, is unwarranted. Some women readers will object to the inescapability of the male viewpoint, though the author is aware of his biases. Kudos to Warner for tackling the subject. (Sept.)

 
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