Euthanasia

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Re: Euthanasia

Post by Will » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:25 pm

maranadhammomhi wrote:It is killing & against the 1st precept. It is better to not do it.
Quite so.

It odd to me that so many followers of Buddha have little confidence in kamma-phala. But medical technology, which deals with the body only, now that we revere.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by Will » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:32 pm

Focused only on Netherlands, but the pattern of abuse will follow in other places & nations:

http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2017 ... -198492713
In the beginning, 98% of cases were terminally ill patients with perhaps days to live. That’s now down to 70%.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by paul » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:50 pm

It's rationally thought out compassion, and will inevitably become worldwide practice:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... euthanasia
Victoria, Australia:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-14/e ... ia/9148928

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Re: Euthanasia

Post by manas » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:04 pm

I suspect that many older folks in nursing homes, will feel they 'ought' to be euthanized, so as 'not to be a burden' on their loved ones, which would be the wrong reason, but it might well happen.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by manas » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:08 pm

Furthermore, it's a great way for Governments to avoid having to put more money into best practice palliative care. It's certainly cheaper to just offer patients a pill that will end their lives.
Knowing this body is like a clay jar,
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attack Mara with the spear of discernment,
then guard what's won without settling there,
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by dharmacorps » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:08 pm

I have a cat right now who currently has intestinal lymphoma which is in remission, but will inevitably come back. When it does, we will have to decide what to do. Part of me really doesn't want to even consider euthanizing her, but my wife feels differently. I recently listened to a talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu where he strongly advised against any form of euthanasia and I have this on my mind. :/

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Re: Euthanasia

Post by dylanj » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:51 am

David2 wrote:
Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:36 pm
PeterB wrote:I wouldnt hesitate if she were my dog to have her euthanised , and to accept the kammic consequences.
In this case, I don't think there are any bad kammic consequences. The intention is the only important thing. If the intention is compassion, even killing has no bad kammic consequences
This is an evil view & not right whatsoever. Actually, the Buddha taught to cause harm/do evil unkowingly is worse than the alternative, as it increases the likelihood of repetition.
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Euthanasia

Post by ieee23 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:52 pm

To follow interpret ethical rules to the letter of the law is to be unethical, as it shows an unwillingness to do your own ethical thinking which reflects a lack of care about such issues.
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:15 am

killing is unskillful, confirmed
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Re: Euthanasia

Post by Will » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:09 pm

US state of Oregon does not restrict euthanasia much at all:

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/455264/print
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