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Zen Sex


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Philip Toshio Sudo, award-winning journalist, musician, and a black-belt martial artist, is the author of Zen Guitar, Zen Computer, and Zen Sex. Phil passed from this life at the age of forty-two. He is survived by his wife, Tracy, and their children, Naomi, Keith, and Jonathan. His spirit lives on in his books and on his web site, which is devoted to his passion for zen and music:


A journalist and author of Zen Guitar and Zen Computer, Sudo provides a general guide for experiencing sex through the lens of Zen philosophy in a mini-coffee-table-book format. Not a sex manual exactly, Sudo's text, complemented by Japanese art and poetry, urges lovers to love ever anew in the here and now in sections titled "The Seven Ways of the Mind," "The Seven Ways of the Body," and "The Seven Ways of the Spirit." Few of his recommendations are wildly original, yet the whole goes beyond its parts. The effect is quite attractive and sweet: a gift book for lovers or potential lovers that's well referenced and detailed about the art and poetry. This is an optional but pleasant purchase for sexuality and East Asian collections; a longer, more serious, and scholarly but less accessible work on the topic is John Stevens's Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex (Shambhala, 1990).ÄMartha Cornog, Philadelphia Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"A gentle and thoughtful book about sex and its place in a full life."--Kirkus Reviews
"Zen Sex ... makes a good case for the transcendent communion that can take place in the act of making love."--Spirituality and Health magazine
"[O]ffers broad principles to augment sexual pleasure..."--Publisher's Weekly

Journalist Sudo (author of Zen Guitar and Zen Computer) says that Zen and sex are two ways to attain "true wisdom." What could be better than marrying the two together? Zen sex, Sudo promises, "is the best sex you can possibly have." While Sudo warns that the book "is not a modern-day Kama Sutra" containing techniques and exercises, it offers broad principles to augment sexual pleasure. Familiarity, Sudo says, is essential: good sex requires knowing your own style and preferences and those of your partner. But to ensure that sex doesn't become routine, he suggests having sex to an offbeat piece of music or in the middle of the day. Another sine qua non to Zen sex is acceptance: lovers can diet, exercise and wear slenderizing black outfits, but they also need to accept their bodies. This sex guide is more zany than Zen-y, however; while it is sure to delight lovers, its grounding in Zen Buddhism is often superficial. Sudo acknowledges, for example, that most Zen monks are celibate, but argues that "pure" Zen allows nature to express itself in all possible ways, including sex. Sudo's slanted views on the Zen tradition to suit the (albeit loving) purposes of this book should give serious Zen enthusiasts pause, even while they appreciate the frank wisdomÄand the lovely Japanese shunga imagesÄthat grace these pages. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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