This is not only one of the very best books I've read, it is also probably one of the very best expositions on spirituality from a true Buddhist perspective. Although sex & sin are primarily discussed in the course of its contents, they are discussed in the light of Zen Buddhism and Buddha's Buddhism. This text is probably currently the most comprehensive available, from a Western Buddhist's perspective, on Western culture's confused, Christian-dominated understanding of sexual desires. Supposedly "spiritual" readers with Catholic upbringing will find the "naked" truths unbearable. :-))
The book is a lot more than about sex, and its title and chapter headings belie the conceptual depth of its contents. The only disappointment is that there are too many silly, puerile puns in the numerous footnotes. If the front cover had a different ("more respectable") image, and those particular footnotes were omitted, it would probably attract a wider audience, and give a better reflection of its contents. The author, perhaps in an attempt to be more humorous than he is already, is also a little too self-belittling. His maverick approach to understanding life's existence has certainly helped enlighten him and, in turn, his readership in a most humorous way.
Included in the 30 chapter titles are -
- Sex & the Four Noble Truths
- Sex & the Bodhisattva Vow
- Attached to Non-attachment
- Sex & Mindfulness
- Is Orgasm the highest form of Meditation?
- Zen & Porn
- Sex & Emptiness
- Women, Evolution, & Buddhism
- Sex & Non-self
- What's Love got to do with it?
- Sex & Metta (Compassion)
- Hug is the drug
- Is Zazen dangerous?
- God knew my soul before I was born
- Sex & Karma
- Zen dating & marriage advice
- When good spiritual Masters go really, really bad
- Sex & Enlightenment
- Happy ending, Buddhist style.
This is a book well worth reading.