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Suicide by Ariyan Disciples From Ajahn Brahm's Notes on Vina

Postby Virgo » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:53 am

The offence of parajika is for killing another human being; the Samantapasadika
categorically states that there is no parajika for the bhikkhu who kills himself or has
some obliging fellow kill on request.

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However, such an action, suicide, is an offence of dukkata according to the
Vinitavatthu, but, according to the Samantapasadika, when done for the appropriate
reasons suicide is no offence at all. The Samantapasadika gives two examples:

• A bhikkhu is chronically sick with little sign of recovery and he wishes to
end his own life so that he will no longer be a burden on the bhikkhus who
are nursing him – in this case suicide is appropriate.

• A bhikkhu who is enlightened already becomes gravely ill with a painful
disease from which he suspects he will not recover. As the disease is
burdensome to him and he has nothing further to do, he thinks to end his
life – in this case also suicide is appropriate16.

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Re: Suicide by Ariyan Disciples From Ajahn Brahm's Notes on Vina

Postby Virgo » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:03 am

This is not a suggestion for anyone to commit suicide, nor is it support for it in any way.

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Re: Suicide by Ariyan Disciples From Ajahn Brahm's Notes on Vina

Postby Paññāsikhara » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:35 am

Couldn't find it in the PDF link, but just wondering what source he is using for the Samantapāsādikā, considering that this doesn't exist in Pali, but only in Chinese, with a modern English translation or two around. But I can't figure the English source.

Any clues?
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Re: Suicide by Ariyan Disciples From Ajahn Brahm's Notes on Vina

Postby Virgo » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:37 am



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Re: Suicide by Ariyan Disciples From Ajahn Brahm's Notes on Vina

Postby Paññāsikhara » Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:57 am

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