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Buddhism has, over the centuries, responded to the demands of the basic life forms in a variety of fascinating ways sometimes suppressing the sexual urge, sometimes sublimating it, sometimes cultivating it and, on the highest levels, sometines transforming it. This book reveals how Buddhists, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, relate to the "inner fire" that drives mankind. Included are chapters on the Buddha's love life before enlightenment and his later relationships with women, the tantric approach to sex among Buddhists of ancient India, China, and Japan, Zen in the art of love and a positive discussion of women and Buddhism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780877734161
ISBN-10: 087773416X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 188
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 9-May-1991
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Stevens

John Stevens is Professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan. He is the author or translator of over twenty books on Buddhism, Zen, Aikido, and Asian culture."" He has practiced and taught Aikido all over the world.

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