Dhammanucara wrote:Hi all,
Thanks for the input, really appreciate it. I guess pt1 is right; that as long as the sacrifice is not guided by greed, hatred and delusion, then it should be acceptable.
In the Vessantara Jataka that I read about, it was said that Prince Vessantara deceived Maddi about her ominous dream that her limbs were cut off, though the prince was very clear about the meaning of the dream. While totally understanding his intention that his objective could be achieved (i.e. perfection of his giving parami), I was wondering if such deceptive act would beget any bad karma to himself?
I don't agree with this at all.
The Vessantara Jataka is considered by Maurice Walshe to be older than buddhism (don't have a link).
But certainly the Jataka Tales are NOT canonical, only the verses are.
There are teachings in the actual Canon to show that if you make any differentiation between oneself and others you have still not
''laid down the burden''. e.g. the recent quotes from the Vissudhimagga about the four persons and the bandits needing a 'volunteer' so they could cut their throat.