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The Passion Book

A Tibetan Guide to Love and Sex

Gendun Chopel

The Passion Book

Gendun Chopel

Translated and with an Afterword by Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Thupten Jinpa
160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9780226520179 Will Publish April 2018
Cloth $57.00 ISBN: 9780226520032 Will Publish April 2018
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226520209 Will Publish April 2018
The PassionBook is the most famous work of erotica in the vast literature of Tibetan Buddhism, written by the legendary scholar and poet Gendun Chopel (1903-1951). Soon after arriving in India in 1934, he discovered the Kama Sutra. Realizing that this genre of the erotic was unknown in Tibet, he set out to correct the situation. His sources were two: classical Sanskrit works and his own experiences with his lovers. Completed in 1939, his “treatise on passion” circulated in manuscript form in Tibet, scandalizing and arousing its readers.
Gendun Chopel here condemns the hypocrisy of both society and church, portraying sexual pleasure as a force of nature and a human right for all. On page after page, we find the exuberance of someone discovering the joys of sex, made all the more intense because they had been forbidden to him for so long: he had taken the monastic vow of celibacy in his youth and had only recently renounced it. He describes in ecstatic and graphic detail the wonders he discovered. In these poems, written in beautiful Tibetan verse, we hear a voice with tints of irony, self-deprecating wit, and a love of women not merely as sources of male pleasure but as full partners in the play of passion.

A Treatise on Passion

Chapter One: The Sexual Practices of Women of Various Lands
Chapter Two: Types of Embrace
Chapter Three: Acts of Kissing
Chapter Four: Types of Bites [and Scratches]
Chapter Five: Describing the Modes of Pleasure
Chapter Six: Playing with the Organ
Chapter Seven: Mounting and Thrusting
Chapter Eight: Moans
Chapter Nine: Acts of a Man [Done by a Woman]
Chapter Ten: Various Methods of Copulation
Chapter Eleven: Uncertain Deeds
Chapter Twelve: Various Helpful Methods

Afterword: Background to A Treatise on Passion

The Life of Gendun Chopel
Buddhist Sexuality
An Overview of the Text
A Treatise on Passion as a Work of Poetry
About the Translation
Notes for “Background to A Treatise on Passion
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