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Why commit suicide due to the COVID-19 crisis? Don't let the power of Dhamma in your mind disappear.
Recently, news of suicides has been spreading widely. There have been numerous attempts, some resulting in death while others survived due to timely intervention or a change of heart.

People attempt suicide or commit suicide for various reasons. These include accumulated personal problems, issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic such as economic hardships, unemployment, loss of income, debt, substance abuse issues, as well as existential crises, distorted perceptions of life, erroneous conclusions about life, and flawed ways of thinking.

Common methods of suicide we often see include hanging, suffocation by smoke, hanging by the neck, gunshot, poisoning, ingestion of harmful chemicals, jumping from buildings, driving into canals, or intentionally getting hit by vehicles. These methods are often chosen to numb oneself from emotions, as individuals no longer wish to face or understand anything anymore, hoping to escape from whatever they are currently experiencing.

Suicide is a severe loss to the world, and it is a tragic occurrence.

Regardless of who they are, individuals should seek opportunities to learn and understand life better, its purpose, and why they exist. If one discovers the truth and the correct purpose of life, they attain a certain wisdom, and they won't harbor feelings of wanting to die or commit suicide, regardless of the severity of their problems or setbacks.

The Buddha once said over 2600 years ago, "It is difficult to obtain the human form; it is more difficult to be born as a human being with the opportunity for spiritual development." Being born as a human is the greatest opportunity, incomparable to anything else. Businesses may fail, economies may decline, incomes may shrink, and houses may be lost, but these cannot be compared because life is more valuable than any of these things.

Every individual born into this world has contributed greatly in their past, otherwise, they wouldn't have been born as humans. We should take pride in ourselves for this fact, not view ourselves poorly or as failures.

Each person's life is invaluable, more useful and precious than any money, gold, or possessions in this world.

Therefore, if someone considers ending their life due to debt problems, economic crises, heartbreak, disappointment, lack of money, loss of income, or unemployment, it greatly undermines and devalues our humanity.

It's time to change our way of thinking.

If we don't have money, we endure. If we still have food to eat, we can survive. Don't blame anyone else.

If we truly don't have any food to eat, don't blame or feel ashamed. Don't fake dignity or pretend to be someone you're not. Thailand is a country full of compassionate people. If someone needs food for a meal, they can have it, or they can go to the temple and receive food offerings.

Always remember,

Encountering problems and facing difficulties in life is normal. Don't just be sad or mournful, don't waste time crying; it won't be of any benefit.

Today, if we lose our job, don't be disheartened. Resolve to fight again, persevere, and work hard, we'll find employment or start our own business. We don't necessarily have to work for someone else.

Today, if we're in debt, don't lose hope. There's always a way out. Don't run away from creditors; talk to them and negotiate. Work hard to generate income; we'll have money to pay off debts for sure.

Today, if we have no income, don't wait for anyone. Don't hope or wait for the government or any organization. We should be determined to work hard and find our own job first. Whether the government or other organizations will help or not, that's their matter to handle later.

Today, if we feel disappointed, heartbroken, don't mourn for too long. Quickly pick ourselves up again and tell ourselves that "disappointment and heartbreak" are lessons that will make our lives stronger and more resilient. Get up, move forward, and let our lives progress towards prosperity and happiness.

Always remember this,

Positive and negative numbers exist.
The sun rises and sets.
The world has both day and night.
Life has hope, but it can also disappoint.
There's love, but there's also separation, heartbreak, and disappointment.
It's a cycle like this, it's not strange for our lives to face disappointments or heartbreaks.
Just by bravely accepting reality, we can always overcome it.



Today, if we encounter any problems, don't avoid them, don't fear the truth, don't be ashamed of the truth. Don't blame anyone who knows our problems or knows the truth about our lives.

Have the courage to face the problem, study it thoroughly, understand it truly, and then find a way to solve it. Find a solution based on reality, without pretending or setting conditions to make ourselves look good. Don't blame others, don't fear the criticism of others; we can always handle and solve every problem.

Buddhists, Thais, and people of the world, cultivate the power of Dhamma in your hearts. By doing so, we can overcome and defeat the temptation of suicide.

Thailand is rich with Dhamma. We were born into a land abundant with Dhamma, where temples are beautiful and inspiring. What problem can we possibly have in our daily lives?

Just study Dhamma, read Dhamma, listen to Dhamma, practice cultivating Dhamma within ourselves, and we will have the power to overcome every problem and obstacle in life.

Dhamma is everywhere.
Every breath we take can be imbued with Dhamma.
Dhamma is free; it cannot be bought or sold.
No one else can give us Dhamma.
No one can create Dhamma for anyone else.
We must practice and cultivate it ourselves.
We use our minds as capital, with determination, practice, and building it within our minds.

What is Dhamma?
These are the qualities of Dhamma that we can develop within ourselves:

Mindfulness - always aware, knowing what virtues to cultivate and what vices to avoid.
Concentration - a stable and unwavering mind.
Wisdom - deep understanding and insight in all aspects.
Energy - striving, fighting, determined to do what's right.
Patience - enduring, enduring to the utmost.
Loving-kindness - having love and goodwill towards others, not harming them.
Compassion - lending a hand, investing effort to help others according to our abilities.
Joy - not being jealous of others, rejoicing in others' success and happiness.
Equanimity - being able to face and accept reality, respecting the rules and norms of society for the sake of harmony, to live together peacefully.
Wake up each morning with the intention to explore ourselves, to establish mindfulness, to free our minds, not to let our minds be slaves to these temptations.

Loneliness, sadness, despair, depression, disappointment, regret, grudge, anger, vengeance, jealousy, envy, crying, lamenting, wishing for death, not wanting to live, agitation, anxiety, obsession, attachment, arrogance, laziness, complacency, vanity – we mustn't let these control us.

No matter how much suffering and difficulty we encounter, let's preserve our lives to create goodness, to create virtues that will last long and be abundant.

Being born as a human,
Don't waste your life by ending it through suicide because of debt problems, economic crises, joblessness, disappointment, or heartbreak.
Don't take your life because of envy.
Don't take your life to spite others.

Because doing so isn't worth it for our lives, which we have strived hard to create so much goodness in past lives to be born as humans in this era.

Every night, practice having Dhamma within us.
When our minds are imbued with Dhamma, no matter the COVID-19 crisis, economic downturns, or any other calamities we face, we can always overcome them well.

Just because of the COVID-19 crisis, why would we want to end our lives?
Remind ourselves not to let the power of Dhamma in our minds disappear. We must create Dhamma. This is the vaccine, the antidote to keep our minds far away from the temptation of suicide.

Buddhist Hotline Thailand
www.buddhisthotline.com
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