Cittasanto wrote:If the intention is to kill it is not allowed!
If it is an accident it is an accident and would be a lesser offence or possibly no offence depending on the circumstance.
why all the questions?
Why not??? You don't like questions??? I thought Buddhism was all about asking questions??? Cos, in Christianity, whom I was earlier, it's all about NOT asking questions, right?
Is that your picture in your avatar???
It's not so much about asking questions as it is experiencing life. Your question is can a Buddhist Lay Person kill someone? Yes they can, even a Monk can, but a Monk more than likely wouldn't, and if a Lay Person did they would be breaking the first precept and failing themselves. But would killing someone be mindful, or on the right path? No. Would dying be mindful or on the right path? More so than killing yes. So which of the two would you choose if given the option? One that preserves your life, and is not a mindful action, or one that might lead to your death, but allows you to remain mindful.
I think you already have it pretty clear in your mind whether it is okay to kill someone in self-defense or not, so asking anyone about it just leads to debate and argument. If you allow yourself to accept that maybe there are some things we just can't understand in black and white, then you open yourself to understanding the world as it really is.
In order to have true peace, or for the world to experience true love and unity. We all must view moral decisions objectively rather than subjectively. If every single person on earth followed their moral compass at all times, rather than allowing circumstance to guide them into morally ambiguous choices, there would be no wars, no greed, no lust, no envy, we would all be free of Samsara. Even if it may seem to you that your choosing not to murder in self defense is pointless, considering it only results in your death, and allows a murder to roam free. Consider the universe as a scale, every bad deed weighs it down, and every good deed raises it up, each time you choose not to do something bad, and do something good instead, you bring enlightenment to the entire world, and raise the universe up. If I could depart this world knowing I did more good for it than bad, I would be completely content with my life. I would prefer that to living in a morally ambiguous, dangerous world where I am so fearful of others that I hide away from them, and seek refuge in hedonistic pleasures to bring myself peace.