_Daniel_ wrote:if you are seriously ill, and you doctor say to you that you have some virus, and you have to use medicines to kill virus. should you take medicines? or you should only die for no get bad karma ? I think that we misunderstand to Buddha. For example a lion shouldnt hunt to get food? because if he get food killing other animal, he gets bad karma...one thing is the compassion and other thing is to go against your own nature. We can try not kill other living beings, but it always should be in a natural way.
Again, the key is intention.
When you get a flu there are millions of virus in your body. The white cells in your body attack the virus and within 3-5 days the virus are all dead. There is nothing we can do about this, that is part of reality. When we eat we ingest many virus, bacteria, protozoa, insects, and so on without seeing them. It sucks, but that is what samsara is. It is part of the burden of being alive.
That has kamma, but not the same as killing with intention. And the kamma for killing because of ignorance is different from the kamma of killing out of greed or ill will. A toddler may kill an animal out of ignorance, repeating the behaviour it has seen in others; one man kills another to steal his gold, or one man kills another because he feels offended by words spoken against him. These three cenarios may have different results, because different mind states are involved in each case.
I don't agree with the 'going against our nature is a bad' thing. If we look at mankind from a zoologic perspective it is in our nature to steal, kill, rape, lie and abuse all kind of drugs. It is in our nature. Being truthful to our nature will make us suffer endlessly, stuck in samsara forever.
The Buddha presented a path out of this, a path that goes against our nature, that leads us to transcend our nature.