Desire (Tracey Coleman, 11/13/99)

Compiled by Tracy Coleman from RISA-L discussions.
Biardeau, Madeleine. 1990. Hinduism: The Anthropology of a Civilization. New York: Oxford University Press. [Here she formulate her theory of indian culture as ‘antropology of desire’. Please ceck the index under, kama, desire, etc. of the original edition on M. Biardeau, L’Hindouisme, Anthropologie d’une civilisation, Flammarion, Paris 1981. –FS]

Chapple, Christopher. 1986. Karma and Creativity. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press. [Drawing from the Rg Veda, Upanisads, Samkhya, Yoga, the Yogavasistha, and the Bhagavad Gita, Chapple traces the themes of voluntarism/desire/creativity as a leitmotif in Hindu (and a little Buddhist) thought.]

Faure, Bernard. 1998. The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. [Just reviewed by Jose Ignacio Cabezon in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion 67:4, December 1999.]

Hawley, John Stratton, with with Shrivatsa Goswami. 1981. At Play with Krishna:
Pilgrimage Dramas from Brindavan. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. [Provides translations of several Raslila plays. The one called “The Great Circle Dance” has Kamdev for a character and deals explicitly with the question of how to sort out real love (prem) from mere desire (kam), including a long didactic soliloquy on the subject by Krishna (pp. 184-87). –LH]

Matthews, Bruce. 1983. Craving and Salvation: A Study in Buddhist Soteriology. Published for the Canadian Corp. for Studies in Religion. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

White, David Gordon. 1998. “Transformations in the Art of Love: Kaamakalaa Practices in Hindu Tantric and Kaula Traditions.” History of Religions (Nov.).