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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1 edition (Nov. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555837492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555837495
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #616,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Nov. 2 2002
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Excellent- I highly recommend this book for gay men who want to be more fully alive and embrace sexuality with joy and bliss. If you are a gay man who wants to find meaningful spirituality that celebrates the many facets of human experience to include sexuality, then this is a must read book. Bruce Anderson shares his insights, knowledge and vast experience in a practical and very useful way.
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As an activist for the erotic liberation of my fellow men I found William Schindler's new book Gay Tantra particularly fascinating. One thing I've long been aware of is that in the Western World we misuse the term Tantra to mean any kind of enhancement of sexual pleasure through prolonged or nonejaculatory practices. So it's refreshing to read this book that explores the authentic meaning of the term. It actually indicates a wide range of techniques both ascetic and ecstatic for training the senses toward heightened spiritual awareness.
Clearly Schindler, a long-term practitioner of Tantra and student of Sanskrit, knows what he's talking about. Early on he makes it clear that this is not a sex manual or sex how-to, but an examination of these concepts related to Hindu religious practices, yet potentially relevant to anyone. In particular I appreciate how the author relates the subject to gay men, with our special awareness of gender fluidity and the outsider's perspective.
He explains: "Ultimately, Tantra will teach us to find our true identity as pure consciousness, the essence of the Divine. The individual body/mind will be seen as part of the content of consciousness, and we will experience the true Self as pure consciousness." This basic insight of seeing beyond duality to essential Oneness is a message that seems to be coming at me personally from every direction these days--also from this book. As a gay man, I feel my life experience has enhanced my awareness and curiosity about the nature of things. Schindler states: "Tantra says take the whole experience as it is, ignoring nothing. Feel the pleasure and the pain. See what is there and what is not there. Know that the Truth resides in every experience and learn.
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All that I can say is "wow!" This book worked wonders on my sex life. It helped me to feel sensations that I never thought were possible. A must buy for all sensual gay couples in an exploration stage.
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This guide is a must for any gay man interested in incorporating Tantric practices into their daily and spiritual life. Full of information, resources and a few pictures.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2f620bc) out of 5 stars Schindler Knows What He's Talking About Feb. 4 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As an activist for the erotic liberation of my fellow men I found William Schindler's new book Gay Tantra particularly fascinating. One thing I've long been aware of is that in the Western World we misuse the term Tantra to mean any kind of enhancement of sexual pleasure through prolonged or nonejaculatory practices. So it's refreshing to read this book that explores the authentic meaning of the term. It actually indicates a wide range of techniques both ascetic and ecstatic for training the senses toward heightened spiritual awareness.
Clearly Schindler, a long-term practitioner of Tantra and student of Sanskrit, knows what he's talking about. Early on he makes it clear that this is not a sex manual or sex how-to, but an examination of these concepts related to Hindu religious practices, yet potentially relevant to anyone. In particular I appreciate how the author relates the subject to gay men, with our special awareness of gender fluidity and the outsider's perspective.
He explains: "Ultimately, Tantra will teach us to find our true identity as pure consciousness, the essence of the Divine. The individual body/mind will be seen as part of the content of consciousness, and we will experience the true Self as pure consciousness." This basic insight of seeing beyond duality to essential Oneness is a message that seems to be coming at me personally from every direction these days--also from this book. As a gay man, I feel my life experience has enhanced my awareness and curiosity about the nature of things. Schindler states: "Tantra says take the whole experience as it is, ignoring nothing. Feel the pleasure and the pain. See what is there and what is not there. Know that the Truth resides in every experience and learn."
He pulls no punches in presenting aspects of Tantra many might find distasteful, including animal sacrifice and a tradition of offering severed heads on altars. While some of these optional practices don't thrill me, I appreciate the challenge of moving beyond my own likes and dislikes to consider their real significance. "Severed heads, for example, often represent ahamkara or ego, the mental function that makes us believe falsely that we are separate from others and from God." Other matters are more familiar to students of Eastern religions: "Above all Tantra emphasizes practice, sadhana, methods for realizing our true nature and for connecting with God."
Another common misconception is that sacred images of Shiva and Shakti copulating validate heterosex over homosex--in fact such images represent integral forces and noduality. The book argues persuasively that gay men's awareness of how arbitrary gender roles are can be an asset."A true integration of gay identity requires discovering the unique gifts of being gay along with the unique hardships. It requires coming to appreciate how the hardships have contributed to gifts of greater insight and emotional strength." This only begins to suggest the rich concepts found in Tantra.
But I appreciate the simplicity of the essence: "The ultimate affirmation is the affirmation of Oneness." That is not to suggest that such awareness is easy to achieve. Still I especially enjoy how the author sums up his discussion of mindfulness: "Ultimately mindfulness is all about getting one's ego self out of the way and experiencing the unbroken flow of attention that is the true Self within." So if you're curious to know what Tantra is really about, this book is a fine place to start.
Reviewed by Bruce P. Grether in White Crane Journal #50
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73064ec) out of 5 stars Great book for gay partners! May 16 2003
By Jake Witte - Published on Amazon.com
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All that I can say is "wow!" This book worked wonders on my sex life. It helped me to feel sensations that I never thought were possible. A must buy for all sensual gay couples in an exploration stage.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa71e7678) out of 5 stars OK but not great March 25 2007
By B. Braithwaite - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting book. I suppose I was expecting more instructions where love making was concerned and less information about ancient ritualistic living in general.
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HASH(0xa75a2984) out of 5 stars Tantra for gay men Nov. 28 2011
By Bunthorne - Published on Amazon.com
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I have recently entered the world of tantra, and after experiencing a tantric massage, I was very keen to explore further. A very interesting book and although I have no religious beliefs, I found I could still accept the spiritual section at the beginning. The practical part of the book is very explicit, but extremely useful.
HASH(0xa7593d5c) out of 5 stars White Crane Journal Review June 18 2016
By Toby Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This review appeared in White Crane Journal #56, Spring 2003. (This is the correct White Crane Journal review for this book.

Here’s a wonderful and simple little book about a topic that’s often far from simple. In contemporary American thought, Tantra often gets reduced to the practice of extended sexual arousal with a touch of yoga and a strong emphasis on the complementariness of the dualities of
male and female. In fact, Tantra’s a complicated topic, encompassing a variety of spiritualities and practices in Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan traditions. Sacralizing sexuality is certainly part of it, but these practices come as the fruit of yogic discipline, not the other way around. And the popular emphasis on the dualities generally leaves gay people out.

Bruce Anderson has done a masterful job of distilling the essential wisdom and explaining it with proper spiritual reverence, but without the mumbo-jumbo, and without the heterosexual bias. The book begins with a succinct history and explanation of the tradition (with an interesting discussion of language woven throughout), personalized with an account of the author’s own journey from
evangelical Christianity to Hindu Tantra. It then describes a series of yogic exercises and meditation practices. And then applies these to gay men’s sexual activity.

The book itself is beautifully designed with Sanskrit motifs and photographs; toward the end of the book, these feature an attractive gay couple demonstrating some of the techniques discussed. This would make a great introduction for someone just getting into Tantra and a useful workbook and refresher for those already schooled in the complexities of Tantric thought

Reviewed by Toby Johnson, author of Gay Spirituality: Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness, The Myth of the Great Secret: An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell and other novels and books


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