Respect for Awareness

Interventions that make the dying person overly dependent on professional caregivers, drugs (whether natural or synthetic), aggressive therapies, and assistive devices, and those that contaminate awareness, instill false hope, and direct the person’s attention away from spiritual cultivation, should be avoided.

Such actions are never in the best interest of the dying person, because at best they postpone the inevitable, and at worst they reinforce ignorance and clinging to life.

An informed person with a terminal condition should discuss his or her preferences, and make legal and other provisions to insure that they will be respected.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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1 Response to Respect for Awareness

  1. John says:

    QuiteTrue. And it is good to cultivate this awareness before the moment of crisis arrives. We’ve all been there and we will be there again.

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