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Ethics of Ambiguity

Ronald Y. Nakasone

Edited by David E. Guinn

in Handbook of Bioethics and Religion

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178739
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178734.003.0014
 Ethics of Ambiguity

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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

Chapter.  6273 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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