Originally Posted by moonlite
Why do the most spiritual disciplines forbid masturbation?
Because it distracts you from prayer. Because it clouds the mind. Because it causes you to lose qi from your tanden, whatever.
Most western spiritual disciplines originated in cultures where people could not grasp the concept of sexuality properly, they had no basis for it. Historically, sex is a taboo subject, speaking too liberally could get you killed.
However, in eastern religions/philosophies sexuality is discussed in depth. (ie. tantric hinduism/buddhism, taoism, but not all sects of those) Masturbation is included in certain practices, however ejaculation is usually avoided.
Don't quote me, this is second(third?)hand knowledge and I have never seen a monk bragging about his sexual prowess...
You can quote me on this: I believe that we should all have more sex. If we all could get some, the world would be a happier place. Thats a fact.