This article explores buddhist attitudes towards suicide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia it considers some of the methodological problems in elaborating a buddhist perspective, for example the. These are the sources and citations used to research buddhism and euthanasia this bibliography was generated on cite this for me on monday, march 16, 2015. - euthanasia is a coined up word for 'killing oneself' nothing different from a more civilised word 'suicide' and according to the laws of the land if one tries to commit suicideis a punishable act of crime. Buddhism and euthanasia recently there has been widespread discussion in singapore about the pros and cons of euthanasia the government originally broached the subject, probably in response to rising health costs, and various medical and religious bodies have given their opinions on the matter. Buddhists are not unanimous in their view of euthanasia, and the teachings of the buddha don't explicitly deal with it most buddhists (like almost everyone else) are against involuntary.
The questions of euthanasia and assisted suicide involve several important buddhist values which may be in tension with each other in looking at these matters from a buddhist perspective, we are unlikely to find any easy answers. Euthanasia euthanasia refers to the process of taking your own life medically to end pain or suffering euthanasia is legal in three countries, belgium, luxemburg and the netherlands physician assisted suicides is a form of voluntary euthanasia, it is more controlled as the physician rules out cases of depression that could be clouding the. I am a practising buddhist with not very many years experience i now have a very poorly cat - exactly how poorly remains to be determined, but i have been told that the prognosis may not be good. The following article explores the related issues of suicide and euthanasia in buddhist scriptures, buddhist history, and modern buddhist views euthanasia in the pali canon the pali canon, or tripitaka, is the primary sacred text in buddhism, especially the theravada tradition.
Passive euthanasia is the termination of life-extending measures of medical ethics and buddhism 61 patients with an incurable disease or in an unconscious state, which. Buddhist views on euthanasia introduction the buddhist views on euthanasia are not unanimous euthanasia can be defined as the termination of the life of a sick person in order to relieve their suffering. Damien and john keown claim that there is important common ground between buddhism and christianity on the issue of euthanasia and that both traditions oppose it for similar reasons in order to espouse a sanctity of life.
Both euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal under irish law depending on the circumstances (see below), euthanasia is regarded as either manslaughter or murder and is punishable by up to life imprisonment. Religious perspectives on assisted suicide cristina lh traina euthanasia: a buddhist perspective, in the churches speak, supra note 2, at 199-204 on hinduism. This chapter explores the buddhist perspective on euthanasia in the light of scriptural teachings and contemporary opinions the chapter is divided into four parts. The ethical approaches of theravada buddhism and roman catholicism toward euthanasia death in its simplest definition is the absence of life in its more scientific definition, it is the permanent cessation of all physical and biological functions that sustain a living organism.
Buddhist views, although varying on a series of canons within the three branches of buddhism (theravada, mahayana, and vajrayana), observe the concept of euthanasia, or mercy killing, in a denunciatory manner. As in buddhism, hindu views of euthanasia and suicide are grounded in the doctrines of karma, moksa, and ahimsa karma is the net consequence of good and bad deeds in a person's life, which then determines the nature of the next life. There are, however, examples of exactly this in buddhist scripture although buddhism has a strong focus on removing suffering, for many buddhists, euthanasia is not a good way of achieving this. 310 buddhism, euthanasia andthesanctity oflife reject euthanasia in its voluntary, involuntary and non-voluntary forms they also apparently include in this rejection both active andpassive euthanasia. There are several hindu points of view on euthanasia and suicide most would say that assisting death brings bad karma because it violates the nonviolence principle but there are accepted hindu.
Euthanasia of a loved one (whether a relative or a pet) is something none of us ever want to face but unfortunately, it is a reality that some of us will have to consider. Euthanasia with a good heart zopa rinpoche for guidance on what to do when asked to perform euthanasia on sick and suffering animals learn about buddhism in. Laws on euthanasia are different from country to country, so here i am only looking at the moral implications of euthanasia and not the legal buddhism places great emphasise on not killing living beings, in fact, it is the first of the five precepts.
A stupa in the snow buddhism with perspective menu home about what do buddhists with pets think about euthanasia (this post has been around since 2009 it. Buddhism places great emphasise on not killing living beings, in fact, it is the first of the five precepts so at first glance you would think euthanasia is wrong within buddhism.
 i think wiltshire was right to identify suicide as an important issue in buddhist ethics: it raises basic questions about autonomy and the value of human life, and plays a pivotal role in related questions such as physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Human life, a precious tool for spiritual practice, should be cherished but if the patient and doctor agree, we should allow nature to take its course in th. There is no general consensus or buddhist position on euthanasia or physician aid in dying in terminal cases, or with individuals who have a severe disability (eg, als or quadriplegia) and want to have some control of the end of their lives. What is the jewish view on euthanasia despite the advent of rapid advances in technology, the concept of euthanasia is not a new one to judaism.