Yet Another Response to 'Should Buddhists Endorse Euthanasia?'
- Response to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/zeph/message/1257Yet Another Response to 'Should Buddhists Endorse Euthanasia?'
Hi Brothers & Sisters in the Dharma,
I will be going right into the crux of the matter. After reading the article 'Should Buddhists Endorse Euthanasia', I am clearer now on the issue. The last thought moment plays an important role - from the present life, going towards the next. If any unresolved business is carried forward into the next life, its burden may worsen. If it is negative karma, the scale would tip in favour of such. The probability of getting reborn in the lower realms of existence, i.e. worse than the human plane of existence where one can easier practise and purify the perfections. Going lower would deprive oneself of the opportunity to have better spiritual development.
The environment may not even permit one to learn or practise. Take for example, a pig. Once it reaches the age of maturity, it would be slaughtered for food. Daily while alive, it's just a 'waiting game'. Where and how can it have spiritual development? In a temple, there was a dog. Probably due to its past karma, it could stay within the premises. It could listen to the Dharma, and devotees would feed him with leftovers. The only unfortunate incident was that one day, while crossing the road, he was killed by a passing vehicle.
So let us cherish our lives as human beings and continue
doing good, avoiding evil, and purifying the mind.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
May the blessings of the Triple Gem be upon you.
(These viewpoints do not represent any organisation.)
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