Casual discussion amongst spiritual friends.
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. :/
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.David2 wrote: ↑Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:36 pmIn 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 consequencesPeterB wrote:I wouldnt hesitate if she were my dog to have her euthanised , and to accept the kammic consequences.
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.
Whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. - MN 19
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