Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 51–57 | Cite as

Euthanasia: A Buddhist perspective

  • Phillip A. Lecso


This paper introduces basic Buddhist cosmology and ethical teachings, emphasizing the concepts of rebirth and Karma. There follows a discussion of the Buddhist view of illness and its causes. Using these introductory concepts, the Buddhist view on euthanasia is explored and contrasted with the views of Marvin Kohl, a leading proponent of euthanasia. It is shown that Buddhism prohibits euthanasia as an option for the terminally ill but instead advocates hospice care. The paper is offered to expand the current dialogue on bioethical issues beyond the Judeo-Christian perspective.


Ethical Teaching Hospice Care Bioethical Issue Current Dialogue Buddhist Perspective 
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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip A. Lecso
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  1. 1.Division of Medicine, Office of GeriatricsMedical College of Ohio in ToledoToledoUSA

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