London, Nov 30 : The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has said that sexual intercourse provides but fleeting satisfaction, while chastity offers a better life and "more freedom".
He told reporters in a Lagos hotel that conjugal life causes too many "ups and downs".
"Sexual pressure, sexual desire, actually, I think is short-period satisfaction and, often, that leads to more complication," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
"Naturally as a human being...some kind of desire for sex comes, but then you use human intelligence to make comprehension that those relationships are always full of trouble," he added.
The Dalai Lama warned that problems arising from conjugal life could even lead to suicide or murder.
He also said that 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 obstacles or hindrances of peace of mind," he said.