SN With Channa passage


It is interesting to note if you kill an Arahant or Buddha it is an Anantariya Papa Kamma.


It is impossible to kill a Buddha, no being or a group can do that on their own or collectively.


The dn33 came in handy i see:)


Is ‘blameworthy’ the same as ‘bad karma’?


My reading of that passage is that the Buddha could not find fault (i.e., “blame”) in Channas action. And fault/blame would entail rebirth, from which Channa had escaped.

Consider the other case of mass-murder-suicides. Or even assassinations taken up in the name of Buddhism. From MN86:

“I’ve stopped, Aṅgulimāla—now you stop.”

And Angulimala did have to endure his bad kamma from mass-murder. Chana’s kamma was good in that he was well-loved:

Channa had families with whom he was friendly, intimate, and familiar.”

Those families would experience Channa’s death no matter what he did and his suicide may have indeed showed others the compassion of a Do Not Rescucitate order. If Angulimala had slit his wrists to avoid the fruit of bad kamma, that might have angered the families of those he killed even more and brought more suffering into the world. By staying alive, Angulimala gave others an opportunity to forgive and relinquish their resentment.

Channa set a pretty high bar for suicide. Enlightened and well-loved.


This matter was discussed in Dhamma Wheel.
There are two diffrent school of thought some beleive Channa was not an Arhant before he commited sucide.

Bhante Jag euthanasia.


@SarathW1 That particular discussion looks like mainly personal views and interpretations. When one reads the actual Buddhas actual teaching it is quite clear, that Channa was beyond rebirth. As such, I don’t think it’s accurate to represent your argument as 2 schools of thought. We have what the Buddha taught, and what some people think about it in terms of discussion…

Since this site is predicated on the validity of EBT’s it’s not really appropriate to fundamentally question whether EBTs are wrong, and to lift personal opinions to the same status as the Suttas.

:anjal: :dharmawheel:


Not really.

4. “Does he who will not be reborn feel any painful feeling?”
“He may feel physical pain, O king, but not mental pain.”

“If he feels painful feelings then why doesn’t he just die and attain the extinction of grasping, and put an end to suffering?”
“The Arahant has no fondness for or aversion to life. He does not shake down the unripe fruit but awaits the time of its maturity. For this was said by Venerable Sāriputta, the Buddha’s chief disciple:

“It is not death, nor life I cherish;
As the hireling his wage, so I bide my time.
It is not death nor life I long for,
Mindful and clearly comprehending, I bide my time.”¹


What is the relevance of this?

Where is it from?
What is the context?
how does it address the argument as a whole?

If you wish to seriously and have a good faith discussion, then please treat Forum members with a degree of respect and make the effort to actually use cogent sentences, and not just make statements and paste random snippets, expecting others to do detective work on another website.

If it is not worth the effort to explain - perhaps it is not worth the effort to post

closed #30

The Translation issue in the OP has been addressed, and this topic has wandered off focus