This title is antithetical - contrasting direct opposites.
ZEN tells us to live in the moment, and at first consideration you might assume that masturbation would be the apex of living in the moment, but on further deliberation we will know that masturbation is a total fantasy. Now I can’t speak for women, but a man never look down at his hand and thinks Oh you erotic devil, I’ve been dreaming about you all night. This is why men never masturbate with their eyes open unless they are watching porn. They close their eyes and try to visualize a particular woman (or man as the case might be) and fantasize the feel of a particular orifice. And then after the moment of orgasm they are back to reality with a clean-up at hand.
All right this is really about Buddhism. The masturbation was just to get your attention.
ZEN is only one of the disciplines of Buddhism. Even though the Buddha declared on numerous occasions that he was not a god and the he could find no justification for a belief in life after death, most of the Buddhist sects have deified the Buddha and proclaimed a life-after death theology.
There seems to be an inane need or genetic proclivity for men to invent a god to worship. It is understandable that the fear and inability to deal with the certainty of death had led us to a belief in a god fantasy. But it goes deeper than that: from the earliest times holy men/ con-men have been able to use the ‘god need’ to control and dupe the masses. Even when the hard light of reason denies any reality of gods – people still line up and willingly follow any charismatic leader. Against all common reasoning they will lock arms and while singing a particular anthem to their chosen deity willingly march over the abyss to blissful destruction.
Zen does not depend on dogma that the world is eternal or finite; that there is life after death – or not life after death; or on the fundamentals of any religion. Zen is the basic distillation of the Buddha’s teachings; and the Buddha said to believe nothing, no matter where you heard it or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.
Therefore ZEN only aims to develop in us the power of concentration and the ability to truly see ourselves and live fully in each moment.
This is the first of a trilogy I will publish on sex and ZEN.