Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism - Praise

This magnum opus from one of America's foremost scholars of Buddhism reveals the treatment of sex, gender, and sexual orientation in the Indian and Tibetan traditions.



632 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614293507

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“An extraordinary book, simultaneously a monument of deep, detailed South Asian philological scholarship and a sourcebook entirely accessible to a broader gender-studies readership. There is nothing remotely like it.”—Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago

“Over a distinguished career, José Cabezón has produced a range of studies that have enriched and broadened our knowledge of the Buddhist tradition. Here, in what will be regarded as his most important work, he masterfully explores the multiple worlds of Buddhist sexuality. A learned combination of compendium and critique, this book immediately becomes the standard work to which all readers will turn.”—Donald Lopez, University of Michigan

“A tour de force! The book bravely engages its subject in a way that prevents us from imposing our contemporary understandings of sexuality onto ancient ideas while also analyzing what Buddhist texts can offer to modern-day conversations on such themes as the purpose and origins of sex, the nature of sexual desire, gender and biological sex, sexual deviance, sexual ethics, celibacy, and much more.”— Sara McClintock, Emory University

“The fruit of decades of engagement, study, and reflection, José Cabezón’s Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism is a stunning achievement. It not only opens up the world of traditional Indian Buddhist ideas about gender, sexuality, and sexual practices in greater depth than any work before it, it has much to say as well about our contemporary struggles with these intimate, universal human issues. Ambitious, erudite, humane, and utterly captivating, Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism is a monumental contribution to Buddhist studies, Asian studies, studies in gender and sexuality, and cultural studies, sure to be the standard work on the topic for many, many years to come.”—Roger Jackson, Carlton College

“...a massive, ambitious, and important project...a treasure trove of information.”—Buddhadharma