a public event
The Buddhist Construction of Sexual Deviance
UCSB's José Cabezón will discuss what Indian and Tibetan Buddhist documents say about deviant bodies and deviant sexuality.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
243 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
What is a man, and what is a woman?
What constitutes gender/sexual normalcy?
What is a normal/good body?
What is normal/good sex?
We attempt to see how Buddhists have answered these questions by turning to representative texts of the Indian and Tibetan Buddhist tradition that discuss the opposite of normalcy, that is, deviant bodies and deviant sexuality.
José Ignacio Cabezón was appointed to the XIV Dalai Lama Chair in Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies at UCSB in July 2001. His scholarship focuses broadly on Buddhist texts and Tibetan philosophy, religions, and cultures. He makes use of various modes of analysis including textual study, historical and philosophical analysis, and ethnography. He has written, translated, or edited six books plus numerous articles on Buddhist teachings and ethics, sexuality and gender, and comparative religious study.
This is the second lecture in the 2002-2003 Center for Buddhist Studies series.
Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies