Review Symposium on José Ignacio Cabezon's Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism (Wisdom, 2017) published in Religion

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Dear Colleagues,

 

We are happy to announce the publication of our Review Symposium on José Ignacio Cabezón’s Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism(Wisdom, 2017) in Religion, vol. 49, 2019.

 

The review symposium includes: 

 

Introducing a symposium on Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism

Carol S. Anderson

Pages 717-722 | Published online: 08 Oct 2019

https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2019.1663610

This article introduces a review symposium on Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism. I situate this book in the newly emerging field of Buddhism and sexuality, and also provide a discussion of previous works by the author that led to the current volume under review. I also provide a broad overview of the book itself for those unfamiliar with the work. The responses in this symposium are offered by Sarah H. Jacoby (Northwestern University), John Powers (Deakin University), and Amy Paris Langenberg (Eckerd College).

KEYWORDS: Buddhismsexualitysexual ethicsqueer Buddhismgender

 

In search of a queer Buddhist theology

Sarah H. Jacoby

Pages 723-727 | Published online: 08 Oct 2019

https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2019.1663612

This review article celebrates the massive contributions José Ignacio Cabezón’s Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism has made to the fields of Buddhist studies, South Asian studies, and studies in gender and sexuality. After introducing the vast scope of Cabezón’s masterwork, the article draws attention to Cabezón’s notably minimalist treatment of tantra, which he asserts did no more to challenge the denigration of queer people than exoteric Buddhism did. Even so, this article picks up on the possibility Cabezón puts forward, if only hesitantly, that Mahāyāna antinomianism and tantra have the (as yet unrealized) potential for a queer Buddhist theology, with the aim of inviting further scholarship on this potential.

KEYWORDS: Buddhist sexual ethicsBuddhism & sexual desiretantra & heteronormativityqueer Buddhist theology

 

Reading against the grain: female sexuality in classical South Asian Buddhism

Amy Paris Langenberg

Pages 728-734 | Published online: 08 Oct 2019

https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2019.1663620

Responding to and building upon José Cabezón’s groundbreaking work, Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism (2017), this essay challenges a hermeneutic that capitulates to the androcentrism and misogyny of classical South Asian Buddhist views on female sexuality by suggesting avenues for ‘reading against the grain’ in search of alternative gynocentric views. In particular, it points to glimpses of a female sexuality that is relational, active, and creative in premodern South Asian Buddhist sources, especially vinaya. It also argues that a full and balanced treatment of sexual violence against women is an essential component of any comprehensive study of sexuality in classical South Asian Buddhism.

KEYWORDS: South Asian Buddhismfemale monasticismvinayafemale sexualityconsentrapefeminist hermeneutics

 

Indian Buddhist concepts of normative and deviant bodies: can ancient sexual mores be reconciled with modern sensibilities?

John Powers

Pages 735-744 | Published online: 08 Oct 2019

https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2019.1663622

José Cabezón’s Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism is the most comprehensive study to date of early Indian Buddhist notions of sexuality and gender. This article is a response to Cabezón’s work that critiques some of his ideas and raises further questions for research into this still nascent field.

KEYWORDS: Buddhismgendersexualityethicscontemporary Buddhism

 

Hindsights: a response to Professors Jacoby, Powers, and Langenberg

José Ignacio Cabezón

Pages 745-751 | Published online: 08 Oct 2019

https://doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2019.1663611

 

Regards, Sarah

 

Sarah Jacoby

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Northwestern University 

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