Reassessing Buddhism And Sexuality

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We hear a lot about the consequences of repressed sexuality in Christianity, but what about other religions? Recent events within the American Buddhist community have caused many to reevaluate what sexuality means to teachers and students of Buddhism. Some followers believe that spiritual teachers should never have sex with their students, while others write in defense of promiscuity. There are few easy answers in these debates, but it is thought-provoking to see how various paradigms grapple with significant questions regarding sexuality.

(Thanks for the links, Andrea!)

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About Jeana

Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.

  • Michaela

    This is awesome! I’m taking a women and gender in Buddhism class right now, and we’re talking about this very subject!

  • http://twitter.com/foxyfolklorist Jeana Jorgensen

    Wow, cool! Maybe you should write a follow-up based on what you’ve learned in your class, as I’m still new to this subject!