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Sex invariably spells trouble, says Dalai Lama

December 1, 2008

November 29, 2008

LAGOS (AFP) -- The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual and
temporal leader, on Friday said sex spelt fleeting satisfaction and
trouble later, while chastity offered a better life and "more freedom."

"Sexual pressure, sexual desire, actually I think is short period
satisfaction and often, that leads to more complication," the Dalai
Lama told reporters in a Lagos hotel, speaking in English without a translator.

He said conjugal life caused "too much ups and downs.

"Naturally as a human being ... some kind of desire for sex comes,
but then you use human intelligence to make comprehension that those
couples always full of trouble. And in some cases there is suicide,
murder cases," the Dalai Lama said.

He said the "consolation" in celibacy is that although "we miss
something, but at the same time, compare whole life, it's better,
more independence, more freedom."

Considered a Buddhist Master exempt from the religion's wheel of
death and reincarnation, the Dalai Lama waxed eloquent on the
Buddhist credo of non-attachment.

"Too much attachment towards your children, towards your partner,"
was "one of the obstacle or hindrance of peace of mind," he said.

Revered by his followers as a god-king, the Dalai Lama arrived in
Lagos on Wednesday on a three-day visit following an invitation from
a foundation to attend a conference. He has made no political
speeches in the west African country.

He leaves Friday night for the Czech Republic and then on to Brussels
to address the European Parliament before heading to Poland, where he
is due to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The 73-year-old Nobel Peace laureate has been a mainstay on the
diplomatic stage ever since he fled his native land for neighbouring
India in 1959.

Still based in northern India, the Dalai Lama has increasingly been
in the spotlight since protests in Tibet turned violent in March this
year, just months before the Chinese capital Beijing hosted the
Summer Olympic Games.

Regarded by his many supporters outside China as a visionary in the
vein of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his accent on non-violence
to achieve change.

However, he is reviled by the Chinese government, which has branded
him a "monster" and accused him of trying to split the nation.
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