rowyourboat wrote:I think we are on the same page, slightly different emphasis.
Yes, I believe so too. I hope you don't mind me exploring at the edges...
rowyourboat wrote:Yes, of course, intention is king. But aren't there those few times when you knew that taking those antibiotics is going to kill, in the back of your mind, but nevertheless took them?
Is a bacterium sentient? If i were to hazard an opinion, i would say that bacterium were simple, non-sentient life.
rowyourboat wrote:It is inspiring to see how precepts are being held up in this thread. It is something be encouraged.
I agree. Personally, purity of sila is essential. Having said that, we live complicated lives and sometimes have to make very difficult decisions or be faced with very uncomfortable dilemmas.
rowyourboat wrote:It is also interesting to consider how much of our attitudes towards suicide may be influence by Christian value systems still remaining unchanged deeply buried in our minds. -we attempt to bend the Buddha's words accordingly.
Do you think so? I am the first person to call someone out for interpreting the teachings according to their own personal predelictions. But here I think many people on this thread are attempting to approach the issue of suicide from the viewpoint of the teachings rather than the matrices of their own internal conditionings. But, I could be wrong.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725Compassionate Hands Foundation
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