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Offline bigfish123

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Euthanasia
« on: August 11, 2016, 02:50:22 am »
Hey guys just wondering if i could get a few people to answer a few questions for my university assignment. if the answers could be as indepth as possible this would be much appreciated p.s sorry i posted this in here didnt know where else to put it

1.   Are you practicing Buddhist?
2.   Were you born into the religion or did you convert?
3.   What is your view on death?
4.   What are your views on life after death?
5.   Do you have a stance on the value of a person’s life?
6.   Do you believe people have the same right to death as they do life? 
7.   Do you think that there are any circumstances at all where euthanasia should be an option?
8.   If yes why, and if no why not?
9.   Do you think people with crippling diseases have a right to euthanasia?
10.    Do you think people with terminal illness have a right to euthanasia?
11.   Do you think people with server depression should also be eligible for euthanasia?
12.   Should people be able to go overseas and be euthanized if they so desire?

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Re: Euthanasia
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2016, 02:16:39 pm »
Hi.

Happy to help with your studies:

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1.   Are you practicing Buddhist?

Yes.  Theravadan. 

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2.   Were you born into the religion or did you convert?


Converted from Roman Catholicism, and after investigating Mormanism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Tibetan Buddhism,Zen Buddhism, Nichiren, and Atheism.


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3.   What is your view on death?

Not sure what you are looking for, but here are a few thoughts:

We will all die.  Death is a certainty.


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4.   What are your views on life after death?

I have no memory of previous lives or existences.  I will be happy to contact you when I do.

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5.   Do you have a stance on the value of a person’s life?

Everything and everyone arises, dwells for but a time and then passes away.

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6.   Do you believe people have the same right to death as they do life? 

No rights are due in either case.  We arise out of the turbulence of this universe and/or other universes.

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7.   Do you think that there are any circumstances at all where euthanasia should be an option?

This would violate the First Precept:  Cause no harm to sentient / living  beings.

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8.   If yes why, and if no why not?

(see above)

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9.   Do you think people with crippling diseases have a right to euthanasia?

Buddha was quoted in a sutta explaining how precious human existence is: 

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SN 56.48 PTS: S v 456 CDB ii 1872
Chiggala Sutta: The Hole
translated from the Pali by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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"Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And suppose a blind sea-turtle were there. It would come to the surface once every one hundred years. Now what do you think: would that blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole?"

"It would be a sheer coincidence, lord, that the blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, would stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole."

"It's likewise a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, arises in the world. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world. Now, this human state has been obtained. A Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, has arisen in the world. A doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world.

"Therefore your duty is the contemplation, 'This is stress... This is the origination of stress... This is the cessation of stress.' Your duty is the contemplation, 'This is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.'"


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10.    Do you think people with terminal illness have a right to euthanasia?

(See above)
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  11.   Do you think people with server depression should also be eligible for euthanasia?
12.   Should people be able to go overseas and be euthanized if they so desire?

No.
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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Euthanasia
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2016, 12:14:51 am »
Thank you so much for your in site mate this will really help with my assignment

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Re: Euthanasia
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2016, 03:19:25 pm »
1.   Are you practicing Buddhist?
      Yes. 

2.   Were you born into the religion or did you convert?
      No one is "born" into Buddhism.  Everyone must voluntarily take refuge to be a Buddhist.

3.   What is your view on death?
      Whatever is born will die.

4.   What are your views on life after death?
      I lean towards believing in rebirth, but honestly, I don't ponder the question much.

5.   Do you have a stance on the value of a person’s life?
      Value is a subjective and changeable thing.  Taking life is unskilled and unwholesome karma, regardless of the "value" of the life involved.

6.   Do you believe people have the same right to death as they do life?
      Death is going to happen regardless of "rights".  Do they have a right to determine and control how they will die?  I oppose legal control over such decisions, but I don't believe rights are an issue.

7.   Do you think that there are any circumstances at all where euthanasia should be an option?
      An option for who?  The person wanting to die, or the person who'll carry it out.  An option according to who?  The parties involved or the law?  It is always an option to the parties involved.  Would I consider it?  No.  Would I encourage it?  No.  Would I accept other's decision to do so?  Yes. 

8.   If yes why, and if no why not?
      The intentional taking of life is always unskilled and unwholesome karma which will result in suffering for the people doing it, regardless of motivation.  If I'm not involved, it's none of my concern.

9.   Do you think people with crippling diseases have a right to euthanasia?
      Rights don't matter.  Death will happen. 

10.    Do you think people with terminal illness have a right to euthanasia?
         See above.  I believe the best course for those with crippling disease or terminal illness to be compassionate palliative care.  If they choose to end their life, I have no say or opinion in the matter.  "All beings have karma as their own." 

11.   Do you think people with server depression should also be eligible for euthanasia?
        Depression is a treatable mental illness.  People under the influence of mental illnesses should be discouraged from taking their lives.  But in the end, not my circus, not my monkeys.  Their karma is theirs alone.

12.   Should people be able to go overseas and be euthanized if they so desire?
        "Destination death"?  A whole new market in tourism.  If they are able and desire to do so, permission is moot.

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Re: Euthanasia
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2016, 08:19:11 pm »
Alright, I'm gonna take a crack at this

1.   Are you practicing Buddhist?
      You can say that. 

2.   Were you born into the religion or did you convert?
      Neither. I call myself a buddhist because of what a practice, and because I learn from the teachings of buddhas.

3.   What is your view on death?
      Death is the ending of an incarnation, and the beginning of the next. It's neither a positive nor negative concept.
 

4.   What are your views on life after death?
      I believe we certainly have other lives after, unless we attain buddhahood and choose to enter Nirvana. But life after death is also one of those great mysteries.

5.   Do you have a stance on the value of a person’s life?
      The value of any one person's life is subjective.

6.   Do you believe people have the same right to death as they do life?
      If you mean rights as in rights as humans, I absolutely believe people should.

7.   Do you think that there are any circumstances at all where euthanasia should be an option?
      An option for who?
      Why should someone force another to keep living if they don't want to? We put down our pets when they are suffering, yet we don't do the same for humans?

8.   If yes why, and if no why not?
      See above.

9.   Do you think people with crippling diseases have a right to euthanasia?
      Absolutely.

10.    Do you think people with terminal illness have a right to euthanasia?
         As I have said before, I think anyone has a right to euthanasia.

11.   Do you think people with server depression should also be eligible for euthanasia?
        As I said before, they have a right. But this is a tricky one because depression is a mental  illness that makes a person want to die, whereas a healthy person would likely not have the same wish. Leaving this world in a state of self-hatred will only lead to negative karma as well. We should give people with depression compassion rather than death.

12.   Should people be able to go overseas and be euthanized if they so desire?
        No laws should prohibit people from such.

I'll end this questionnaire with Spider-Man
 :spiderman:

 


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