Hello Retro, Clw,
If Buddha would teach one life only, I am sure that suicide would be a logical culmination of the path for the brave ones. This is because taking up of another body would not be possible, and the action would be blameless (at least for a monk) according to the Buddha. In MN144 he said that suicide is blameless if one dies as an Arahant (no taking up of another body). I am in awe at the braveness of those sick monks who could slice their own throats in cold blood.
"if someone gives up this body and seizes another, I say it is a fault. In the bhikkhu that fault is not apparent. Bhikkhu Channa took his life faultlessly.
" - MN144. http://metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/ ... ada-e.html
But because there is rebirth, killing oneself will not end mental and physical suffering, unless one becomes an Arahant.
"Whatever is felt is included in suffering
." yaṃ kiñci vedayitaṃ taṃ dukkhasmi’nti
- SN 36.11(1)All formations are stressful. Sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā’’ti
- Dhp 278
"It’s only suffering that comes to be, Suffering that stands and falls away. Nothing but suffering comes to be, Nothing but suffering ceases.
”- SN 5.10 Vajirå Ven BB Trans.
I wish there was one life, and parinibbāna - an ultimate euthanasia- would be guaranteed for all. I could even make it occur faster and don't bother trying to become an arahant (which may or may not be possible for me in this life before death
) so I would not have mental suffering from pains of this sack of flesh & filth...