[Buddha-l] Ethical Dilemmas and Death Penaltiesandmaliciouszombies for governor.

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Tue Jun 15 08:06:10 MDT 2010

On Jun 15, 2010, at 1:22 AM, Dan Lusthaus wrote:

> As is well known, Buddha apparently condoned suicides on occasion.

Well, yes, on one occasion the Buddha said that a man who had committed suicide became an arhant just at the moment of death. That is the sole incident in which a suicide was "condoned," but as Damien Keown has pointed it, that incident was probably included in the canon not to condone suicide but to emphasize that 1) a person may be mistaken in thinking himself or herself an arhant, and 2) it is possible to attain arhanthood in one's final moment of life.


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