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Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death
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This book explores the Buddhist view of death and its implications for contemporary bioethics. Writing primarily from within the Tibetan tradition, author Karma Lekshe Tsomo discusses Buddhist notions of human consciousness and personal identity and how these figure in the Buddhist view of death. Beliefs about death and enlightenment and states between life and death are also discussed. Tsomo goes on to examine such hot-button topics as cloning, abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, organ donation, genetic engineering, and stem-cell research within a Buddhist context, introducing new ways of thinking about these highly controversial issues.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Understanding Death and Impermanence
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. 3. Understanding the Nature of Consciousness
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. 4. Contemplating Self and No-Self
  2. pp. 43-62
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  1. 5. Foundations of Buddhist Ethics
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. 6. Death and Enlightenment in Tibet
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. 7. The Transition Between Life and Death
  2. pp. 99-124
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  1. 8. The Ethical Urgency of Death
  2. pp. 125-162
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  1. 9. Extending Life and Hastening Death
  2. pp. 163-194
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  1. 10. Buddhism and Genetic Engineering
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. 11. Bioethics in a Rapidly Changing World
  2. pp. 209-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-244
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 245-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-270
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