You wrote " I think that people who murder others may have the capacity for change, but once they take a life they forfeit the right to that consideration."
I agree comepletely. I think a person forfeits their membership in the human race when they murder another person. If becoming totally and unconditionally compassionate towards all beings is a requirement of Being Buddhist, then I dont think I will ever qualify. But then, from what I have heard the Dalai Lama say, either will he. It is a lofty goal but even the Dalai lama sees reality. JODY ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: zen_forum-dig...@yahoogroups.com zen_forum-fullfeatu...@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: zen_forum-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/