Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An online journal of Buddhist scholarship related to ethics.


Brain-Centered Criteria for Death

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 12, 2005

Buddhism and Death: The Brain-Centered Criteria

John-Anderson L. Meyer
University of Hawai’i

This essay explores the two main definitions of human death that have gained popularity in the western medical context in recent years, and attempts to determine which of these criteria—“whole-brain” or “cerebral”—is best in accord with a Buddhist understanding of death. In the end, the position is taken that there is textual and linguistic evidence in place for both the “cerebral” and “whole-brain” definitions of death. Because the textual sources underdetermine the definitive Buddhist conception of death, it is left to careful reasoning by way of logic, intuition, and inference to determine which definition of death is best representative of Buddhism.

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Research Note: Annotated Bibliography on Animal Use in Biomedicine

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 8, 2001

Animal Use in Biomedicine: An Annotated Bibliography of Buddhist and Related Perspectives

Bill Slaughter, M.D., M.A.
Seattle, Washington

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Review: Buddhism and Bioethics

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 3 1996

Buddhism and Bioethics. By Damien Keown. London: Macmillan Press, and New York: St Martin’s Press, 1995, xvi+208 pages, £40 / $50.

Reviewed by James P. McDermott

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Bibliography of Buddhism and Medical Ethics

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 2 1995

Buddhism and Medical Ethics: A Bibliographic Introduction

James J. Hughes
University of Chicago
and
Damien Keown
Goldsmiths, University of London

This article provides an introduction to some contemporary issues in medical ethics and the literature which addresses them from a Buddhist perspective. The first part of the article discusses Buddhism and medicine and outlines some of the main issues in contemporary medical ethics. In the rest of the paper three subjects are considered: (1) moral personhood, (2) abortion, and (3) death, dying and euthanasia.

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