Is taking medication a sin?

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Is taking medication a sin?

Post by waqqaskhokhar » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:23 pm

I am an academic researching this topic from the point of view of patients asked to take medication which may have religiously forbidden ingredients e.g. Gelatine or stearic acid.
Would like to know that in the context of vegetarianism being accepted practice in many Buddhist traditions, is there any dietary law that prohibits any specific animals or use of animal products in medication?
Would appreciate comments, suggestions for further reading or expert opinions.

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Post by DGA » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:33 pm

Sin? Forbidden? If you're looking for analogies to the Law as in Abrahamic faiths, you're going to be frustrated. Buddhism isn't quite like that.

So you can see what I mean, take a look at this discussion on vegetarianism. Budget a few hours. Several hours.

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=213" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Post by Mr. G » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:36 pm

waqqaskhokhar wrote:I am an academic researching this topic from the point of view of patients asked to take medication which may have religiously forbidden ingredients e.g. Gelatine or stearic acid.
Would like to know that in the context of vegetarianism being accepted practice in many Buddhist traditions, is there any dietary law that prohibits any specific animals or use of animal products in medication?
Would appreciate comments, suggestions for further reading or expert opinions.
Hopefully Namdrol will respond as he is a Tibetan Doctor
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Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Post by Konchog1 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:59 pm

waqqaskhokhar wrote:I am an academic researching this topic from the point of view of patients asked to take medication which may have religiously forbidden ingredients e.g. Gelatine or stearic acid.
Would like to know that in the context of vegetarianism being accepted practice in many Buddhist traditions, is there any dietary law that prohibits any specific animals or use of animal products in medication?
Would appreciate comments, suggestions for further reading or expert opinions.
As far as I know, any medication is fine. Some Buddhists who are vegetarians avoid medications with animal products but that's because they're vegetarian, not because they're Buddhist.
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Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Post by Malcolm » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:01 pm

waqqaskhokhar wrote:I am an academic researching this topic from the point of view of patients asked to take medication which may have religiously forbidden ingredients e.g. Gelatine or stearic acid.
Would like to know that in the context of vegetarianism being accepted practice in many Buddhist traditions, is there any dietary law that prohibits any specific animals or use of animal products in medication?
Would appreciate comments, suggestions for further reading or expert opinions.

Nope, the traditional Buddhist medicine is Ayurveda and there are kinds of meat, as well as urines, feces, etc., recommended as remedies for diseases in Ayurvedic texts as well as texts on Tibetan Medicine.
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Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Post by AdmiralJim » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:52 pm

I am trained in western medicine, the short answer is no. However some Buddhists might be put off taking things with animal products but it is a personal choice not a Buddhist one. where you might find a more unified opinion is of that of abortion and euthanasia but even then it wouldn't affect my treatment of people who wanted those things.
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Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Post by Greg » Wed May 02, 2012 5:13 pm

I suppose there is the issue of monastics eating garlic and so forth, but even that is not a terribly big deal I don't think.

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Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Post by Wesley1982 » Sun May 27, 2012 9:09 pm

Re: Is taking medication a sin?


No.

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Post by Knotty Veneer » Sun May 27, 2012 10:23 pm

Is taking medication a sin?
Only if it doesn't belong to you :lol:
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Re: Is taking medication a sin?

Post by Dexing » Mon May 28, 2012 1:25 pm

Knotty Veneer wrote:
Is taking medication a sin?
Only if it doesn't belong to you :lol:
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Post by Simon E. » Mon May 28, 2012 1:30 pm

Very good... :D
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