lobster wrote:Pema if someone was Catholic and decided to end their life and was worried about entry to Heaven, I would go along with the nature of their understanding and needs. If somone was a born again lotus from the purelands and determined to end their suffering, I would pray and speak according to their needs.
So perhaps I am a liar and breaker of vows and ready to be born as a low life cructacean. When people suffer, truth is no substitute for understanding . . . Offering subjective ideas at such times, is not required, skilful or compassionate . . .
I can dig it. FWIW, I don't feel this makes you or me or any Buddhist a liar or breaker of vows. Our most fundamental and important vow is to try to bring about the happiness of sentient beings (or at least keep from disturbing their minds and otherwise harming them), and in order to do that we must be skillful and not try to condition them, especially at such a crucial time. Sometimes we will need to blend in and be inconspicuous.