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Theravada position on self-immolation

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Theravada position on self-immolation

Postby davidbrainerd » Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:21 pm

What is the Theravada position on burning oneself alive in protest such as some followers of the Dalai Lama do from time to time? Like in this fairly recent (last month) story

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Postby SarathW » Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:35 pm

The way I understand, killing oneself is not considered breaking the first precept.

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Postby davidbrainerd » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:01 pm

Is there a way to know the Theravada position with certainty or is it liable to individual interpretation?

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“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Postby santa100 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:20 am

Although by reading the history of Vietnam, I have a feeling they'd use a different method than the Tibetans had their country been occupied by China. They'd fight to the last bullet, to the last man, even the last woman and child. They'd still have zero chance against China and their country would be erased from the map of the world just like Tibet, but they sure will not vanish without a fight. The irony of violence from a kammic standpoint! China took Tibet 'cuz they can. They haven't touched Vietnam 'cuz they know Vietnam can't be killed without them losing a few limbs for life first!

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“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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