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Postby Kenshou » Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:54 pm

Yes, though not that exact situation, I don't find sexual activity any more of a hindrance than any other pleasure. Personally I find no correlation between that and the frequency of good meditations, provided that is promptly dropped and does not show up during meditation. I make no claim of fact, but this is my opinion based off of what I've experienced.

But I would not argue against the fact that someone who abstains from sex, as well as other unnecessary pleasures, will probably do better in meditation than the one who doesn't. I'm sure they would, since sensual desires in general are further from their minds.

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Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:02 pm

The fact is that there is no norm in this, it is a spectrum. A very well known rock musician talked a while back about the fact that he had never had a strong sex drive, but has kept quiet about the fact because it is not an expected trait in a rock star....but that once he did start to talk about literally hundreds of other people contacted him to say that they did not have a strong sex drive either, but that they had felt unable to talk about it until he had gone public. Just as some of the the previous generation felt that they had to keep quiet about the fact that they did have a strong sex drive.
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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/


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