Last updated on: 10/3/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Leonard Zwilling, PhD Biography

Title:
Editor of Peacock in the Poison Grove: Two Buddhist Texts on Training the Mind
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“As for the etiology of the homosexual condition, Indian Buddhist tradition, at least as represented by Buddhaghosa, agrees for the most part with traditional Indian medical thought in seeing it as being essentially an organic disorder, although one with an important psychological component.”

“Homosexuality as Seen in Indian Buddhist Texts” in Buddhism, Sexuality and Gender, 1992

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to human sexuality. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to human sexuality.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • General Editor and Bibliographer, Dictionary of American
    Regional English
    (DARE), Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986-present
  • Editor, Peacock in the Poison Grove: Two Buddhist Texts on Training the Mind, 2001
  • Former Assistant Editor and Bibliographer, Dictionary of American
    Regional English
    (DARE), Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Education:
  • PhD, Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1976
  • MLS (Masters of Library Science), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Buddhism Accept Same-Sex Behavior?