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Four IllusionsCandrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path$
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Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151135.001.0001

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The Dangers of Corporeal Passion

The Dangers of Corporeal Passion

(p.68) 4 The Dangers of Corporeal Passion
Four Illusions

Karen C. Lang (Contributor Webpage)

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Ignorant people do not understand that the human body is neither a source of pleasure nor of pride. The Buddhist monks’ condemnation of sex develops an old misogynist theme of women's bodies as the bait that traps unwary, foolish men in the cycle of repeated birth and death. Adulterous fools mistakenly believe that women's impure bodies are sources of pleasure. Male bodies are equally impure and Buddhists criticize the Brahmins’ claim to superior purity, based upon their mistaken views of chastity and their claims of descent from the gods.

Keywords:   adultery, chastity, impurity, misogyny, purity, sex

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