Thank you Hanzze for your thought and consideration you have put into this thread. I will need some time to think about what you have written and formulate a response.
Certainly there are a number of threads regarding masturbation, one of which is a thread for those who are declaring their abstinence from pornography and masturbation and to seek the support of others. I understand that traditionally, confessions may have been conducted in a group environment, however, I don't think it was an activity that the laity were involved in? I may be wrong on that point. However, I do have concerns regarding members volunteering some very personal information about themselves to a forum that is essentially open to all to read. Hence, I would be more in-favour of supporting our members to seek someone within their own flesh-and-blood sangha to have a close mentoring relationship with or in the absence of a flesh-and-blood sangha - someone who they have a close connection with here.
Again, I will be happy to implement any changes regardless how I may personally feel about them, following consultation with the membership and mod/admin team.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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