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David E. Guinn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178734.001.0001

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Ethics of Ambiguity

Ethics of Ambiguity

A Buddhist Reflection on the Japanese Organ Transplant Law

(p.291) 13 Ethics of Ambiguity
Handbook of Bioethics and Religion

Ronald Y. Nakasone

, David E. Guinn
Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the structure and role of ambiguity in the Japanese Organ Transplant Law by looking at the Chinese Huayen Buddhist doctrine of dharmadhatu-pratityasamutpada (fajie yuanqi shuo) or universal dependent “coarising”, a major interpretation of the Buddha's pratityasamutpada, dependent-coarising or interdependence. Specifically, it will examine the nature of ambiguity through the zhuban yuanming jude men or “the attribute of the complete accommodation of principal and secondary dharmas” that Fazang (643-712) formulated. The interdependent and evolving Buddhist vision of reality causes ambiguity in decision making and action.

Keywords:   dharmadhatu-pratityasamutpada, Japanese Organ Transplant Law, Buddhist, Fazang

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