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Dear Rinpoche,

 

Daria asked me for the translation of few questions, which she wishes You would answer.

 

1. Can meditation on, or ''practicing'' Bodhicitta annihilate or soften the consequences of grave actions done in this life (let's say in our youth); on general, murder or attempt of murder, anything that could heavily harm another being?

 

2. Is abortion, done out of health reasons, and the same euthanasia of animals, very heavy action, if we consider karmic consequences?

 

3. Are there any obstacles to becoming a buddhist for a person with such a burden?

 

Thank You.

 

Best regards,

 

Tiberij

 

Slovene:

Živjo Tibi!

Imam eno prošnjo in upam da nisem nadležna. Prosila bi Rinpočeja za odgovor, žal pa zaradi slabe angleščine ne morem direktno vprašat.Zanima me naslednje: ali lahko meditacija,"prakticieranje" Bodičite izniči ali ublaži posledice hudih dejanj narejenih v sedanjem življenju (recimo, v mladosti) ? Na splošno, umor ali poskus umora, vse kar bi lahko zelo škodovalo drugem bitju. Pa še eno vprašanje, ali je splav narejen zaradi zdravstvenih razlogov in enako, evtanazija živali,zelo slabo dejanje, glede karmičnih posledic.

Upam, da sem razumljivo napisala.Če slučajno ne moreš vprašat, tudi prav. Hvala za pomoč.

Lep pozdrav. Daria

Oprosti , še to sem pozabila napisat; ali so kakšne ovire, da oseba s takimi obremenitvami postane Budist?

Lep pozdrav.Daria

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1. Can meditation on, or ''practicing'' Bodhicitta annihilate or soften the consequences of grave actions done in this life (let's say in our youth); on general, murder or attempt of murder, anything that could heavily harm another being?
surely the practice helps to purify or soften negative karmas.

 

2. Is abortion, done out of health reasons, and the same euthanasia of animals, very heavy action, if we consider karmic consequences?
What are the health reasons justifying abortion? The only reason I could see is if the conditions of the pregnancy are endangering certainly the life of the mother, like extrauterine pregnancy.

Euthanasia of animals, for what reasons? That the animal will die soon or later because of sickness? Would you euthanasiate your child if you know s/he is very sick? Would you euthanasiate your mother or father because s/he is old and becoming dependant?

Pity is not the right motivation to kill anyone. And Bodhicitta includes the right understanding about karma, thus wouldn't lead to kill without very specific reason, directed at the benefit of the other.

 

3. Are there any obstacles to becoming a buddhist for a person with such a burden?
No, whatever we have done, we can become Buddhist and practice. We might encounter some obstacles coming out of these negative karma, but we can work on them, purify them, etc... The Great Milarepa had committied great crimes of Black Magic in his youth, yet acheived Enlightenment. Once must add that Milarepa undergone extensive purification! So to say, if you have committed great negative karma, simple routine practice might not counteract them before the end of this life.

And if not before the end of this life, who knows where you might take rebirth under the effect of negative karmas?!

 

All the best

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