Brad Warner, the renegade “bad boy” of Zen Buddhism, returns with his irreverent and highly relevant views of life, this time focusing on that Most Hallowed of subjects: sex.
Covering topics as wide-ranging as pornography, prostitution, and love, Warner provides an unflinching look at sex and love through the lens of Buddhism (Zen in particular as he is a Soto Zen priest) and how sex has come to be viewed in the West (as well as his theories as to why it is viewed that way).
Written in his usual casual, humorous style, Warner provides plenty of serious teaching to reflect on throughout the book. However, don’t look for any clear-cut, hard and fast rules about sex in relation to Buddhism here; Warner points out that the Buddha himself didn’t provide many solid rules about really anything, so he doesn’t feel compelled to, either. Instead, Warner simply offers his own views based on what he has learned through both his Buddhist studies and his own life experiences.
Witty and insightful, Sex, Sin, and Zen is going on my list of Best Books I’ve Read in 2010 (soon to be published!). From New World Library and available from your local, independent bookseller. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ‘em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)
hot on elephant
Elephant Journal’s Holiday Gift Guide 636 shares A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 632 shares Waylon’s favorite Ethical Gifts. 13 shares Learn Social Media, Writing, Editing & Journalism Ethics with elephantjournal.com. 6 shares Dear Pretty Young Woman Flirting with my Husband. 3,759 shares The Real Reason so many Long-term Relationships Fail Sexually. 1,117 share Year of the Fire Rooster 2017: What to Expect. 1,049 share Why a Year of No Dating was the Best Thing I ever did for Myself. 8,472 shares The Astrology of 2017: Letting Go & Shining your Light. 1,240 share These Tweets (and Retweets) actually Happened. 1,392 share