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Rejecting the Illusion of Purity

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/10.1093/0195151135.003.0008
 Rejecting the Illusion of Purity

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The third chapter discusses the mistaken apprehension of impure things as pure, and once again takes the human body as its example. Candrakiriti's condemnation of sexual desire encompasses both the physical impurity of female bodies and the mental impurity of lustful men's minds. He reaches an egalitarian conclusion: all human bodies are impure, impermanent, painful, and insubstantial in nature.

Keywords: female bodies; illusion of purity; mental impurity; physical impurity; sexual desire

Chapter.  8688 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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