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Sex and spirituality are two topics guaranteed to arouse strong feelings in gay-identified persons because of the history of religious persecution of gay people. Many of us were taught explicitly or implicitly that sex, especially gay sex, is the opposite of spirituality. Gay popular culture thrives in the senses, be it opera, disco, or leather. Futhermore, gay sensuality is deeply rooted in homoeroticism, the inescapable fact that we inhabit bodies of a kind likely to be erotically stimulating to ourselves. We ...

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Gay Tantra

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Overview

Sex and spirituality are two topics guaranteed to arouse strong feelings in gay-identified persons because of the history of religious persecution of gay people. Many of us were taught explicitly or implicitly that sex, especially gay sex, is the opposite of spirituality. Gay popular culture thrives in the senses, be it opera, disco, or leather. Futhermore, gay sensuality is deeply rooted in homoeroticism, the inescapable fact that we inhabit bodies of a kind likely to be erotically stimulating to ourselves. We need a spirituality that works with our sensuality, not against it. Traditional Hindu Tantra offers exactly this type of spirituality. This ground-breaking text reveals how traditional Hindu Tantra may be adapted easily to serve the unique spiritual aptitudes and needs of gay-identified persons of any gender, demonstrating how a well-integrated gay identity can be a positive aid in the quest for enlightenment. Contains a glossary and index.

Living Traditions Magazine called
GAY TANTRA,". . . one of the most important books on gay spirituality ever published."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738864105
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/11/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 1,221,344
  • File size: 227 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 You Can Have It All: Enjoyment & Liberation 17
Chapter 2 Be Yourself 21
Chapter 3 The Universal Self 26
Chapter 4 Tantric Typology 36
Chapter 5 The Guru 41
Chapter 6 Ascetic Spiritual Practices: Looking Within 48
Chapter 7 Ecstatic Spiritual Practices: Using the Senses 54
Chapter 8 The Beloved 75
Chapter 9 Gay Tantra Lifestyle 89
Chapter 10 The Great Adventure 104
Chapter 11 Beyond Male and Female 109
Chapter 12 Fundamentals 116
Chapter 13 Mindfulness 127
Chapter 14 The Dedicated Life 139
Chapter 15 Mystical Realization 145
Chapter 16 A Call to Action 150
Gay Tantra Exercies 153
Appendix A Mayavada vs. Shaktivada 163
Appendix B Holographic Sexuality 168
Appendix C Keepers of the Flame--A New Myth for a New Age 172
Appendix D Gay Love as a Spiritual Path 175
Glossary 187
Works Cited or Consulted 199
Index 202
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