Posted by Michael Pollard (22.214.171.124) on November 07, 2000 at 11:04:03:
In Reply to: Questions re: buddism + healthcare posted by Stephanie on November 07, 2000 at 08:17:53:
Death and dying are to be expected. The five remeberances lists ageing, illness, death, seperation of what is good, and that we are heir to our karma. Of course the first three best fit your question. In buddhism death and all the things leading to it are the motivation in makeing us strain. Some people have better motivation because they are in close contact or are in the proccess. I'm both lucky and unlucky in that aspect. As healthcare, I live in Canada with universal, I feel healthcare is very imporant to ensure people don't suffer unduely weather they are poor or not. Rituals involved in death, it depends... one ritual followed in Tibetan Buddhism, and I'm sure in non-Tibetan Buddhism is the reading of the "Tibetan book of the dead". This book has instructions to those dying or dead which is intended to lead the person through Bardo, and to improve their rebirth. At one time I had the URL to and online version, which was provided by someon on this forum; I hope that person will suppy it again. Also, I
this essay on death. Read it at: www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/bps/wheels/wheel102.html. This doesn't deal with healthcare, but is interesting. As for operations, anything which can prevent suffering (This is my view, it may or may not be Buddhist). Metta.
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