The Importance Of Buddhist Teachings In Conjunction With The XVII Dalai Lama

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Buddhist teachings in conjunction with the XVII Dalai Lama have an immense impact on the daily lives of Buddhist adherents worship and the formation of ethical decisions in regards to abortion. Buddhist teachings consisting of the Five Precepts, The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, and the natural laws of Karma and Nirvana influence and guide adherents through important ethical decisions. Puja influences adherents as it sets out to seek clarification on Buddhist teachings, especially in regards to The Three Marks of Existence and the Three Jewels, in combination with ethical teachings, acting but act as guide for how Buddhists can live morally and worship correctly everyday in order to reach the ultimate goal of Nirvana.

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When faced with the issue of abortion, the potential abortion must only be on the grounds as being medically necessary to save either the mother or baby 's life. Buddhist ethical teachings affects the community as on a whole it influences a wide array of individuals who must come to the same conclusion, that abortion is based upon situational ethics. One must consider the Buddhist ethical teachings presented to them before making their decision. Such teachings include The Buddhist stance on abortion is highly situational, in which “I think”, describes the XVII Dalai Lama, “abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance.” (Lama, 1993). Abortion is situational according to Buddhists due to their ethical teachings. On one extreme there is the first of the Five Precepts, Ahimsa, which guides one to abstain from the killing of living things. Another ethical teaching that discourages abortion is the natural law of karma. The killing of a living thing will generate bad karma, a detraction to one 's intention of reaching Nirvana as well as negatively affecting their reincarnation cycle. The Buddha himself also taught against killing, as he tells Angulimal, a mass murderer who encounters Siddhartha Gautama, that “If you cannot create, you have no right to destroy.” (Osho, 2013). Buddhism however is utilitarianism, and as such Buddhists teachings also insist on gathering a deeper spiritual and moral meaning before a decision is made, such as considering the second eightfold path, right thought. If the birth of the baby is going to kill the mother and give birth to a disabled baby, for example, then abortion should be considered as a means of compassion and as saving one 's life, rather than merely an act of killing. The community is also affected as it is their duty to guide the mother to her decision based on Buddhist ethics, as well as

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