Buddhism teaches prohibits murder, but some Buddhist monks self-immolate. Is this inline with Buddhist teachings or contrary to them?


Human life is very rare and precious. Also when doing this the chances are that your last thought will not be good leading to rebirth in a lower relm. So in my opinion and general consensus in my tradition is that this should not be done. Also in doing this the following conditions of killing is met:

  • You know that yourself is a living being
  • You device a method to for self immolate
  • You follow through with the intention
  • As a result you die

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.