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Mar 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm

On UCSD-TV tonight—What is a Woman? What is a Man? Exploring The Buddhist Sources—Jose Cabezon

The ancient Buddhist sources have a great deal to say about what it means to be a biological man or woman, what it means to be gendered male and female, what kinds of desires and sexual practices are considered normative, and what kinds deviate. But this material is scattered throughout hundreds of different texts and is found in no single source. Drawing on decades of research into the classical Indian and Tibetan Buddhist texts—and on the extensive literature on ancient theories of “queerness”—Jose Cabezon traces the life of a man and woman from conception to death, in the process laying bare Buddhist assumptions about what it means to be normal and abnormal and why these issues were so important to ancient authors.

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Mar 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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UCSD-TV on Spectrum channel 1231, Cox channel 135, ATT U-verse channel 99

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Burke Lectureship on Religion & Society

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