Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between

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With his one-of-a-kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A-To-Z of Sexual Topics from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography. In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism - emptiness, compassion, karma - from a sexual viewpoint. Throughout, he stares down the tough questions: Can prostitution be a right livelihood? Can a good spiritual master also be really, really bad? And ultimately, what's love got to...

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Overview

With his one-of-a-kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A-To-Z of Sexual Topics from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography. In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism - emptiness, compassion, karma - from a sexual viewpoint. Throughout, he stares down the tough questions: Can prostitution be a right livelihood? Can a good spiritual master also be really, really bad? And ultimately, what's love got to do with any of it? While no puritan when it comes to non-vanilla sexuality, Warner offers a conscious approach to sexual ethics and intimacy - real-world wisdom for our times.

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And the award for the most unusual religion book of the month goes to.... Before you dismiss Brad Warner's new book as borderline porn, give a listen to this prolific Zen priest author (Hardcore Zen; Sit Down & Shut Up; Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate). By examining sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, Warner bravely tackles questions that every religion faces, but few of us confront. His upfront rejection of our culture's Puritanical presuppositions will shock some, but readers interested in Buddhist ethics or world religions will find Sex, Sin, and Zen an engaging read.
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There's not exactly a large shelf of books on this subject, so leave it to the iconoclastic ex-punk-rocker Zen teacher Warner (Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate) to plunge in, double entendres in footnotes and all. The subject is as fundamental as the human sex drive, which does not go away as one spends time on the cushion. Since most Buddhists are laypeople (yes, the author intends that pun), Warner offers practice- and experience-based analysis and reflection over a wide range of sex-related topics and flavors, from vanilla (traditional hetero) to kink. A mind-opening interview with Zen-influenced porn star Nina Hartley is included, as is discussion of a difficult topic in Buddhism: student-teacher sexual involvement. Warner is as usual at his best in confessional-analytic mode; he's been romantically involved with a student and written a Buddhist column for a sex-positive Web site. A few chapters seem dry or even unnecessary: a chapter on Amma, for example, is unwarranted. Some women readers will object to the inescapability of the male viewpoint, though the author is aware of his biases. Kudos to Warner for tackling the subject. (Sept.)
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“Bitingly funny, unapologetically honest, razor-sharp, and the most useful and healing book about sex (and Zen) you'll find. Warner's most insightful and hilarious work to date effortlessly translates our desires for sex and happiness into something nourishing, while slightly skewering the nirvana-seeking, post-Nirvana generation. Sex, Sin, and Zen shines right out of the gate.…It's great to get wonderful storytelling from an unabashed Zen master horndog that might actually help you heal a few sore spots along the way. Whenever anyone tells me that sex is the key to happiness, or the key to damnation, I'm handing them this book.”
Violet Blue, blogger and sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle

“I loved this book! It's so refreshing to read such an engaging, insightful, accessible book on sex and Buddhism, two subjects that don't seem to go together at first glance. He's successfully bridged the gap between two very different cultures, each with its own notions of right, wrong, and proper moral behavior. Bravo, Brad!”
Nina Hartley, sex activist, author, educator, registered nurse, and Zen kid

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577319108
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 785,606
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


A Soto Zen priest, Brad Warner is a punk bassist, filmmaker, Japanese-monster-movie marketer, and popular blogger. He is the author of Hardcore Zen, Sit Down & Shut Up, and Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. His writing appears on Suicidegirls.com and in Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and Alternative Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Brokenhearted Zen vii

1 The Piece of Ass Chant 1

2 Are Buddhists Allowed to Jack Off? 4

3 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] All Sex Is Suffering: Sex and the Four Noble Truths 21

4 You Celibate, I'll Buy a Bit! 25

5 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] Saving All Beings... from My Dick!: Sex and the Bodhisattva Vow 44

6 Attached to Nonattachment 48

7 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] Ouch! Mind Where You Put That Thing!: Sex and Mindfulness 55

8 Is Orgasm the Highest Form of Meditation? 59

9 How Have I Come to This? 67

10 Zen and Porn 76

11 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] Filling the Void - If You Know What I Mean!: Sex and Emptiness 85

12 Women, Evolution, and Buddhism 89

13 Getting Naked 101

14 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] How Can I Play with Myself If I Don't Have a Self?: Sex and Nonself 115

15 Paying for It 118

16 The Real Porno Buddhist 126

17 What's Love Got to Do with It? 154

18 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] I Love It When You Do That: Sex and Metta (Compassion) 162

19 Hug Is the Drug 166

20 BDSM and Cult Behavior 178

21 I Fuck, Therefore I Am What I Fuck? 189

22 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] I Prefer Being Juked with a Baby Octopus: Sex and Preferences 199

23 Is Zazen Dangerous? 203

24 God Knew My Soul Before I Was Born 216

25 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] If You Do That, You'll Go Blind: Sex and Karma 231

26 Zen Dating and Marriage Advice 237

27 When Good Spiritual Masters Go Bad 249

28 When Good Spiritual Masters Go Really, Really Bad: AIDS and other STDs and Buddhist Practice 260

29 [Sexual Angles on Buddhism] Sex with All the Lights On: Sex and Enlightenment 266

30 Happy Ending, Buddhist Style 271

Appendix: How to do Zazen 275

Acknowledgments 281

About the Author 283

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    Posted December 27, 2012

    Love Brad's Work!

    Love Brad's Work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    I enjoyed this guy's take on the topic of sexuality.

    This book is full of foul language, humorous anecdotes, and little bits of wisdom (often hidden beneath inuendos).

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    I just love Brad Warner

    Don't let the title fool you. This book is not what you think.

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