Collection of Source Materials for the Various Courses of Dharma Study undertaken by Members of the West Wight Sangha.

Friday, 18 June 2010

The Buddhist Atheist

On Tuesday we discussed Stephen Batchelor's new book "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist". Here he is talking at the book's release in New York.


Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Suicide & Assisted Suicide, a Buddhist Perspective

Recently, here in the U.K. we have had a whole crop of stories relating to suicide and assisted suicide. As a result we took this as a subject for Dharma study and discussion at our meeting on Tuesday night. From a Buddhist perspective the subject is a whole lot more involved than one might immediately think and throws up many varied and challenging takes on the issue.

Here is a link to the discussion notes that we used, "Modern Buddhist Views of Suicide"

and these are the news items which engendered the topic;

"Is Frances Inglis a cold-blooded killer or a loving mum?"

"Trial of assisted suicide mother right, says DPP"

"Terry Pratchett criticises assisted suicide guidelines"

"Broadcaster Ray Gosling admits mercy killing"