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Buddhist Meetup Group - Topic: Suicide and the First Buddhist Precept

Buddhism teaches that suicide is an act to be avoided, as it is the taking of life. In America, suicide is looked at with a combination of horror, fear and revulsion, even to the point of being a taboo subject. However, how is suicide viewed in other predominantly Buddhist cultures? Based on two articles that appeared in New Yorker magazine last year, this Dharma talk examines suicide in Japan, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and in Tibet, where a significant number of politically motivated suicides have occurred in recent years. Presented by Daikan.

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