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For the past several years or so, I've seen, scattered around the web, posts alleging that Tibetan tantras say 12-year-olds should be fed sweets to encourage them to engage in ritual, tantric sex. When pressed, the authors of these types of posts sometimes reveal that it is not an actual tantra they are citing, but the Tibetan author Gendün Chöpel, who wrote a love manual entitled, "Tibetan Arts of Love."
The sentence "cited" generally goes something like, "In addition he recommends feeding a twelve-year-old honey and sweets before ritual sexual intercourse (Chöpel, 1992, p. 177)."
I was somewhat surprised today to discover that Chöpel says nothing of the sort. The above phrase is taken not from Chöpel's work, but from the book, "The Shadow of the Dalai Lama," by Victor and Victoria Trimondi (real names Mariana and Herbert Röttgen).
What Chöpel actually describes is his view on the different stages of female development, and he says nothing in the passage "cited" about 12 year olds having sex, much less ritual sex. In fact he does not even refer here to full sexual intercourse until a woman is 26 (!), and concludes with the advice that "A woman over fifty should be respected with pleasure and honorific words. Her good advice should be asked for both the short and long term."
The way the Röttgens have twisted his refreshingly-equitable and somewhat charming observations on women into something horrible and filthy is completely ingenuine, and unfair, and I for one am ashamed to have taken this deceit at face value. For some time now I've avoided his works, thinking there was something wrong with him.
My apologies to Mr. Gendün Chöpel, and I now look forward to reading more of his commentaries.