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Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between Paperback – August 31, 2010
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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.
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Violet Blue, blogger and sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle
I loved this book! It's so refreshing to read such an engaging, insightful, accessible book on sex and Buddhism, two subjects that don't seem to go together at first glance. He's successfully bridged the gap between two very different cultures, each with its own notions of right, wrong, and proper moral behavior. Bravo, Brad!”
Nina Hartley, sex activist, author, educator, registered nurse, and Zen kid
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How do our carnal thoughts and desires fit within Buddhist belief? Brad delivers the reality of actual Buddhist theory and practice as it pertains to our sexual side.
Not a "traditional" view of Buddhism, but one more in line with the original intent of Siddhartha Gautama and how he originally prescribed celibacy for his early monks.
There's a famous Zen story about the Master pointing to the Moon, and the foolish student looking at the finger, and not seeing the Moon.
Don't be that student.
Includes extended interviews with Nina Hartley, famous porn star and (I hadn't known this) rather subtle student of Buddhadharma -- she grew up in a Zen temple where were parents were students.