Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.

Buddhist Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making

Buddhist issues in end-of-life decision making
Ronald Y.Nakasone

A discussion of issues in end-of-life decision making for a Buddhist devotee requires an understanding of the spiritual goals that govern the Buddhist life, its doctrines, the practical demonstration of its ideals, and its assimilation of other religious beliefs and cultural practices. To this end, this chapter begins with a brief description of the origins and development of Buddhism. Next, it turns to its major doctrines and practices. Finally, it focuses on individual and community attitudes and dynamics involved in organ transplant and end-of-life decision making.

Buddhist cultures are many and complex. This chapter concerns itself primarily with the beliefs and practices of an East Asian Buddhist community, the Japanese Pure Land Buddhist devotees ...

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