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Buddhism, Brain Death, and Organ Transplantation
Author Keown, Damien
Source Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Pages1 - 34
PublisherDepartment of History & Religious Studies Program , The Pennsylvania State University
Publisher Url
LocationUniversity Park, PA, US
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteDamien Keown, Goldsmiths College, University of London;

AbstractThis article raises concerns about the degree to which potential donors are aware that their laymans understanding of death may not be the same as that enshrined in protocols employing the criterion of brain death. There would seem to be a need for greater public education of a kind which acknowledges the debate around the practical and conceptual difficulties associated with brain death, and makes clear what the implications of a diagnosis of brain death are for the donor and his or her elatives. The remainder of the article explores the discrepancy between the modern concept of brain death and the traditional Buddhist understanding of death as the loss of the body's organic integrity as opposed to simply the loss of its cerebral functions.

Table of contentsIntroduction 2
Organ Donation 4
Generosity (dāna) 7
Defining Death 8
Traditional Teachings on Death 9
Organ Transplantation 22
Conclusion 24

ISSN10769005 (E)
Created date2013.03.12
Modified date2017.07.13

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