In most native African and American Indian religious traditions, celibacy has been viewed negatively as well, although there were exceptions like periodic celibacy practiced by some Mesoamerican warriors. According to her definition, celibacy (even short-term celibacy that is pursued for non-religious reasons) is much more than not having sex.
It is more intentional than abstinence, and its goal is personal growth and empowerment.
Celibacy was advocated as an ideal rule of life for all monks and nuns by Gautama Buddha, except for Japan where it is not strictly followed due to historical and political developments following the Meiji Restoration.
In Japan, celibacy was an ideal among Buddhist clerics for hundreds of years.
It is said that, as per the direction of the Supreme God those lead a pure and celibate life will be successfully able to conquer the surging vices.Classical Hindu culture encouraged asceticism and celibacy in the later stages of life, after one has met his societal obligations.Jainism, on the other hand, preached complete celibacy even for young monks and considered celibacy to be an essential behavior to attain moksha. There were, however, significant cultural differences in the various areas where Buddhism spread, which affected the local attitudes toward celibacy.This new perspective on celibacy is echoed by several authors including Elizabeth Abbott, Wendy Keller, and Wendy Shalit.The rule of celibacy in the Buddhist religion, whether Mahayana or Theravada, has a long history.