On Tuesday we discussed Stephen Batchelor's new book "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist". Here he is talking at the book's release in New York.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
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"