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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"