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Posted by SKySitter ( on November 02, 2000 at 04:08:06:

In Reply to: murder can be ok? posted by kairn on October 30, 2000 at 04:01:40:

: In a 10/28 posting Sergio responded to the question, if one thinks positive thoughts is it okay to kill a man? He said, "in some cases, yes". I have never heard a Buddhist contend such a thing and was curious as to how others felt on the subject. I thought the precepts were pretty clear on this. Please give me your opinion.

The traditional Mahayana gave the story: you and 500 other businessmen on a boat (The Indian way to say: to make some rediculous amount of money). A pirate ship is approaching. If you has the power to 'strick' the pirate ship, as a Mahayana practitioner, will you do it?

OK, for I am willing to take the consequences. If possible, I will be more than happy to teach Dharma to the pirates and make them the protectors of the seven seas. If time (and my ability) won't allow that, I shall kill them all.

Not OK, since the killing is a result of my own limitation (not being able to turn them into good guys).

Since Buddhist don't place a super significance on killing a man (vs. killing, say, a horse or a bug), all killing is (almost) equally bad. Now, doctors have to kill. Kings and other society protectors might have to kill...

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