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Dear Sangha, on the one hand there is the approach of abstinence, in which you basically avoid sense pleasures like sumptuous foods, alcohol, sex, drugs, rock n’roll, etc , in the hope that by not exposing oneself to them, you will lose your attachment to these experiences (and won’t develop new ones). This is the approach taken by most Buddhist monastics.
On the other hand, there is the idea that it is okay to indulge in these pleasures (within reason) as long as you do so mindfully, being aware of the arising and decay of pleasure, and all the consequences—good and bad, pleasant and painful— that can arise from the experience. The idea is to investigate the experience thoroughly, kind of like a scientist of Dharma, in order to see its impermanence, lack of self-nature, and dukkha-nature. And you can only do that if you experience it.
Which approach is better? More advanced? More "Buddhist"? More dangerous? (I can see hazards in both approaches, actually.)
I welcome your insightful comments.