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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 64. What do Buddhists Think about Sex?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40806


What do Buddhists think about sex? The historical and living Buddhist traditions scholars have studied demonstrate that Buddhists inevitably think (and do) many things about sex. They are ascetics but they are also libertines. They are straight but they are also queer. They are ethical but they are also abusers. The thoughts and experiences of less-studied Buddhists—especially the sexually and racially minoritized and the abused—have been far less legible to scholarly observers. But that doesn’t make them less Buddhist.

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