Celibacy - 獨身 - Dúshēn
Conserve your essence,
combat lustful desires.
Follow the seasons,
Exercise preservation of Tao
through chastity and self-control.
~Inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
We follow Tao through the universe, without realizing that Tao is within us as well. It is not merely an abstract principle, existing only in a conceptual realm. Our own personal Tao collects to form our life force. This energy is formed primarily of the physical, which gives rise to the spiritual realm.
The source of this energy, our life force, is in part chemical: hormonal, nutritional, and genetic. Whatever is spiritual arises from these basic elements. Followers of Tao refer to this as essence. We must preserve this essence, and sexual conservation is critical to our success. This isn't referring to suppression of one's sexuality, as sexuality is a natural and irrepressible part of our humanity. We must simply harmonize sexuality with spirituality.
Followers of Tao should adjust their love-making depending on the season. In the winter, less or none at all. Spring, the most frequent. The young will indulge more often, compared to the middle-aged. The elderly should be the least active. The secret is not to give in to indulgence. You must not kill one's sexuality through needless exertion. Overindulgence is wasteful, even abusive, to one's body and its resources. Suppression, however, kills the body as well. The key is finding the proper balance.