Macho Buddhism: gender and sexualities in the Diamond Way

Scherer, B. (2011) Macho Buddhism: gender and sexualities in the Diamond Way. Religion and Gender, 1 (1). pp. 85-103. ISSN 1878-5417.

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Abstract

Western Tibetan Buddhist movements have been described as bourgeois and puritanical in previous scholarship. In contrast, Ole Nydahl’s convert lay Karma Kagyu Buddhist movement, the Diamond Way, has drawn attention for its apparently hedonistic style. Focussing on the interpretation of Nydahl’s approach to gender and sexualities, this paper addresses the wider issues of continuity and change during the transition of Tibetan Buddhism from Asia to the West. Nydahl’s pre-modern gender stereotyping, the hetero-machismo of the Diamond Way and the mildly homophobic tone and content of Nydahl’s teaching are interpreted on the background of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist sexual ethics and traditional Tibetan cultural attitudes on sexualities. By excavating the emic genealogy of Nydahl’s teachings, the paper suggests that Nydahl’s and the Diamond Way’s view on and performance of gender and sexualities are consistent with his propagation of convert Buddhist neo-orthodoxy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism > BQ4911 Practice of Buddhism. Forms of worship > BQ7001 Modifications, schools, etc. > BQ7530 Tibetan Buddhism
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ0019 Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religious Studies
Depositing User: Professor B Scherer
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 16:08
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2016 03:42
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/11356

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