Posted by SkySitter (188.8.131.52) on October 21, 2000 at 02:24:10:
In Reply to: How to explain the death of a large number of people (e.g. bomb explosion) at the same time? posted by Paul on October 21, 2000 at 00:49:35:
: I am a Buddhist but one day when confronted by one of my Cathlic relatives I could not answer one of his questions, which was how to explain through Buddhism the sudden death and destruction that happens to thousands of people at the same time. For example when the Atomic bomb was dropped off Hiroshima about 75,000 people died instantly. Also what about the cases where thousands of people die instatly like, earthquakes, tonardoes, typhoons, storms, floods etc. Can anybody explain.
That is one of four things Buddha advised not to spend time on (Acintita Sutta).
One side note: if all your catholic relatives know exactly what happened there and that (the explanation) is good enough for them, why is it not good enough for you?
(I don't mean you shall always go along with everybody else. Rather, a buddhist practice is always based on "what makes me unsatisfied"...)
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