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A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism #2020

A Bull of a Man Images of Masculinity Sex and the Body in Indian Buddhism The androgynous asexual Buddha of contemporary popular imagination stands in stark contrast to the muscular virile and sensual figure presented in Indian Buddhist texts In early Buddhist literature

  • Title: A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism
  • Author: John Powers
  • ISBN: 9780674033290
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism By John Powers, The androgynous, asexual Buddha of contemporary popular imagination stands in stark contrast to the muscular, virile, and sensual figure presented in Indian Buddhist texts In early Buddhist literature and art, the Buddha s perfect physique and sexual prowess are important components of his legend as the world s ultimate man He is both the scholarly, religiously inclinedThe androgynous, asexual Buddha of contemporary popular imagination stands in stark contrast to the muscular, virile, and sensual figure presented in Indian Buddhist texts In early Buddhist literature and art, the Buddha s perfect physique and sexual prowess are important components of his legend as the world s ultimate man He is both the scholarly, religiously inclined brahman and the warrior ruler who excels in martial arts, athletic pursuits, and sexual exploits The Buddha effortlessly performs these dual roles, combining his society s norms for ideal manhood and creating a powerful image taken up by later followers in promoting their tradition in a hotly contested religious marketplace.In this groundbreaking study of previously unexplored aspects of the early Buddhist tradition, John Powers skillfully adapts methodological approaches from European and North American historiography to the study of early Buddhist literature, art, and iconography, highlighting aspects of the tradition that have been surprisingly invisible in earlier scholarship The book focuses on the figure of the Buddha and his monastic followers to show how they were constructed as paragons of masculinity, whose powerful bodies and compelling sexuality attracted women, elicited admiration from men, and convinced skeptics of their spiritual attainments.

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    1. The part about Masculinity in Pali Canon is top notch Spiritual purity has to be embodied in physical beauty a trope often overlooked by today s Western Readers Nevertheless, the chapters about early Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism are too brief to do any justice to both traditions Each one deserves an independent book length study Hopefully, Powers will continue the project he sets out to achieve but only dabbled with in this book.

    2. Excellent book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it Powers pointed out concepts that I had not known and further nuanced my understanding of even standard narratives like the birth narrative of the Buddha.

    3. This book kind of just awoken things I had come across reading the Pali canon but didn t tell me anything revelatory Nevertheless still a very well written piece and well worth a read for those uninitiated.

    4. in indian buddhist texts, the buddha is seen as the epitome of masculinity, which entails 32 freaky major characteristics, not the meek, asexual being that the west thinks of.

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