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Ervin wrote:Peace. I was wandering as to what would be a Budhist stance on unthanasia? Would it be a good thing where someone's suffering is great to have their lives ended or not?
The general Buddhist stance is that euthanasia is killing and is wrong. In general pain management is the better course. However even some great lamas have been reluctant to state categorically that euthanasia is absolutely unacceptable in the face of truly inevitable death although hastening death is not preferable. A being has their karma and if death is hastened then that karma has not been worked through so it is far better for the being to work through that karma. Of course it would be even better if they didn't suffer unbearable pain.
"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche
Ideally, death should occur in a peaceful place free from pain and intoxicants, with a clear mind well focussed on virtuous objects. Such fortunate circumstances are a matter of karma, which makes it pretty important to get to work on that right away.
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