1088Re: Buddhism and Euthanasia
- Jun 3, 2007--- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "Bhikkhu Pesala" <pesala@...>
> It is very sad to see anyone suffering without any knowledge of
> that might help to relieve their pain. Seeing or hearing about suchmeditation
> suffering should be a powerful motivation not to be negligent in
> practice, so that we will have some method to deal with the pain ofdeath.
> It is a situation that we will all definitely have to facepersonally one
> day, whether we die slowly or suddenly, I doubt if it will be easy.by Dr. U
> On one's deathbed is too late to start learning meditation.
> The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw responded to this dilemma when asked
> Myint Swe. You can read his response here:http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Mahasi/Problems/problems.html#Euthanasia
> Anathapindika, the Buddha's chief supporter, also suffered greatly
> deathbed, but he was able to overcome the pain with theadmonishment by
> the Venerable Sariputta. You can read that discourse here:Would the use of a morphine drip in increasing doses in a terminal
cancer patient constitute euthanasia if the drug, as it made
respirations easier for the unconscious patient, effectively
shortened the person's life?
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