The Passion Book: A Tibetan Guide to Love and Sex
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"An enchanting new translation . . . will delight contemporary readers. . . . Lopez and Jinpa have recreated the poetic form of the Tibetan 'song, ' or stanza, which is based on cadence rather than rhyme. These direct, sometime curt claims meander, from nearly crass to sublime, from salacious to tender. . . . Chopel's writing couldn't be more timely--or timeless for that matter. He confronted the patriarchy, challenging those who dehumanized women or thought the poor deserved less. . . . I cannot think of a better reason to read."-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Brief but sensual . . . a joyful--and explicit--guide to sex. . . . Gendun Chopel's insight runs deeper than just poetry. . . . He views sexual pleasure as a human right and stresses the importance of female consent and equality."--Ian Kerner "CNN"
"This masterful translation of Gendun Chopel's innovative verses on passion does justice to the Tibetan original by honoring the style of its metered verse and clearly conveying Gendun Chopel's words in a way that is in turn beautiful, erotic, and profound. Lopez and Jinpa have done what is so extremely difficult to do: they have translated not only the meaning of the words, but also the sentiments behind them, keeping this work poetic in both the literal and figurative senses."--Ian Kerner "Sarah Jacoby, Northwestern University"
"This excellent translation. . .admirably conveys the joy and beauty of the poetry as well as the underlying seriousness of Gendun Chopel's work. . . . It is good to have this wonderful rendition of a modern Tibetan erotic classic in English; it broadens readers' outlooks on the subject, and takes them beyond the concept, say, of what many people know about "Tantric sex" or the Kama Sutra. It's to be hoped that this accessible version of Gendun Chopel's book piques the curiosity of readers to look further into the life and work of this fascinating man."--Ian Kerner "Asian Review of Books"