Buddhist Society of Western Australia

Investigation into the ethics of murder | Ajahn Brahmavamso

July 6, 2020

How does one interpret the first precept in everyday life? Is being a Buddhist and a soldier mutually exclusive? Are there instances when one can perform a ‘mercy’ killing and not attract negative results? How does kamma work in relation to the murdering of living beings? How might society justly deal with such grievous actions and ultimately, how can one forgive?

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