SJSD 11E Sexual Diversities and Confucian and Buddhist Scriptures

Examines literature from the Pali canon and early Buddhist literature such as the Life of Milarepa. Attention given to exegetical methods, hermeneutics, the history of interpretation, and the social location of the interpreter. Topics to be discussed may include implications of impermanence and dependent co-arising for sexual and gender identity, the place of sexuality in the Life of Milarepa, Tantric literature, and the role of sexuality in South East Asian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Japanese Buddhist interpretations and developments of Buddhist scriptural principles. May be repeated for credit.