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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.
susukhaṃ vata nibbānaṃ,
asokaṃ virajaṃ khemaṃ,
yattha dukkhaṃ 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 panītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all fabrications, 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.
Whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. - MN 19

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Re: Euthanasia

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

killing is unskillful, confirmed
"Just as the ocean has a single taste — that of salt — in the same way, this Dhamma-Vinaya has a single taste: that of release."
— Ud 5.5

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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:
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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