Is Suicide Endorsed in Buddhist Dogma?
Posted on September 22nd, 2022

Sasanka De Silva Pannipitiya

Taking one’s own life and or assisting another person to end his or her life has never been endorsed by the Buddha.
If that is the clear teaching, how can someone dressed in robes and claiming to be a monk openly threatens the authorities with immolation if the electricity tariff for places of worship is not reduced?
It is clearly stated in the basic code of monastic discipline that the punishment for such an act is ex-communication for life.
Hence, there is no ambiguity in the teaching and why the concerned authorities are still silent and not taking the appropriate action against this person in robe.

Sasanka De Silva


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