ngodrup wrote:Generally yes. To rejoice in the deed is to participate in merit or demerit.
However, its sticky. Lhalung Pelkyi Dorje was honored for assassinating
King Langdharma. He also attained rainbow body. So I guess we should adopt
the advice of HH Penor Rinpoche "Unless you can liberate others, then don't
Sometimes in this kaliyuga we accept necessary evils.
Sad state of affairs.
Well, depends on how it is done and what is the result.
we do have wrathful method even in mahayana, such as buddha did in his previous life, but the requirements are strict.
Ideally people should do it with only mind of benefiting others rather than anger or revenge. I don't know how Obama or those soldiers' mind so I can't comment on that part. For the result, does this killing really save much more people? I can't tell for now either.
The thing I can say is, if buddhists are going to rejoice King Langdharma being killed, it's not because we want justice/revenge being done. There's no need to seek justice because it can not be other way, negative karma will bring negative result.
According to Kusaabidharma, you get equal karma when you fully rejoice something.
So, bin laden killed thousands-- huge negative karma
some people in another side of the planet rejoice about American being killed --- everyone got huge negative karma
people killed bin laden with revenge mind --- not that huge but still negative karma
millions of American rejoice it with revenge mind ---- everyone gets the negative karma
Maybe, just maybe, it has to be done, to save more lives. But to be safe, I still won't feel happy about it; it's not easy to rejoice the killing without even a bit revenge mind.