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The Dangers of Corporeal Passion

Karen C. Lang

in Four Illusions

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195151138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151135.003.0004
 The Dangers of Corporeal Passion

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Ignorant people do not understand that the human body is neither a source of pleasure nor of pride. The Buddhist monks’ condemnation of sex develops an old misogynist theme of women's bodies as the bait that traps unwary, foolish men in the cycle of repeated birth and death. Adulterous fools mistakenly believe that women's impure bodies are sources of pleasure. Male bodies are equally impure and Buddhists criticize the Brahmins’ claim to superior purity, based upon their mistaken views of chastity and their claims of descent from the gods.

Keywords: adultery; chastity; impurity; misogyny; purity; sex

Chapter.  9084 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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