In search of a queer Buddhist theology

Sarah H. Jacoby*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This review article celebrates the massive contributions José Ignacio Cabezón’s Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism has made to the fields of Buddhist studies, South Asian studies, and studies in gender and sexuality. After introducing the vast scope of Cabezón’s masterwork, the article draws attention to Cabezón’s notably minimalist treatment of tantra, which he asserts did no more to challenge the denigration of queer people than exoteric Buddhism did. Even so, this article picks up on the possibility Cabezón puts forward, if only hesitantly, that Mahāyāna antinomianism and tantra have the (as yet unrealized) potential for a queer Buddhist theology, with the aim of inviting further scholarship on this potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)723-727
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019


  • Buddhism & sexual desire
  • Buddhist sexual ethics
  • queer Buddhist theology
  • tantra & heteronormativity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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