Buddhism and Abortion

As Buddhism continues to engage the attention of the West, the time is now opportune for its views on abortion to be heard. This is the first book to explore the abortion question from a range of Buddhist cultural and ethical perspectives.

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 134914178X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

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Abortion is arguably the most controversial and divisive moral issue of modern times, but up until now the debate has taken place almost exclusively within a Western cultural, religious and philosophical context. For the past three decades in the West arguments both for and against abortion have been mounted by groups of all kinds, from religious fundamentalists to radical feminists and every shade of opinion in between. Rather than mutual understanding, however, the result has been the polarisation of opinion and the deepening of entrenched positions. In the face of this deadlock a new perspective is urgently required. Buddhism is an ancient tradition which over the centuries has refined its distinctive beliefs and values in the course of a long interaction with the major cultures of Asia. As Buddhism continues to engage the attention of the West, the time is now opportune for its views on abortion to be heard. This is the first book to explore the abortion question from a range of Buddhist cultural and ethical perspectives. The approach is interdisciplinary and will be of relevance to those working in fields such as law, ethics, medicine, philosophy, religion, the social sciences and women's studies.

Buddhism and Bioethics

The issues examined include abortion, embryo research and euthanasia. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, the book shows how Buddhist ethical principles can be applied consistently to a range of bioethical problems.

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 134923981X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Buddhism and Bioethics discusses contemporary issues in medical ethics from a Buddhist perspective. The issues examined include abortion, embryo research and euthanasia. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, the book shows how Buddhist ethical principles can be applied consistently to a range of bioethical problems. It is suggested that moral judgements can be objective and that there can be a 'Buddhist view' on ethical issues.

Liquid Life

" In this provocative investigation, William LaFleur examines abortion as a window on the culture and ethics of Japan.

Author: William R. LaFleur

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400843677

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Why would a country strongly influenced by Buddhism's reverence for life allow legalized, widely used abortion? Equally puzzling to many Westerners is the Japanese practice of mizuko rites, in which the parents of aborted fetuses pray for the well-being of these rejected "lives." In this provocative investigation, William LaFleur examines abortion as a window on the culture and ethics of Japan. At the same time he contributes to the Western debate on abortion, exploring how the Japanese resolve their conflicting emotions privately and avoid the pro-life/pro-choice politics that sharply divide Americans on the issue.

Contemporary Buddhist Ethics

This innovative volume brings together the views of leading scholars on a range of controversial subjects including human rights, animal rights, ecology, abortion, euthanasia, and contemporary business practice.

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136118101

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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This innovative volume brings together the views of leading scholars on a range of controversial subjects including human rights, animal rights, ecology, abortion, euthanasia, and contemporary business practice.

Abortion

As with all religious traditions , there are varying opinions amongst Buddhists ,
especially Western Buddhists , concerning abortion . Abortion is widely
performed in some countries in which Buddhism is influential , such as Japan
and South ...

Author: Lloyd H. Steffen

Publisher: United Church Press

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Category: Abortion

Page: 466

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Lloyd Steffan has taken a huge step in the direction of peace among enemies in this reader on abortion. He brings together the responsible views from all sides of this critical controversy. We have a long way to go to peace, but peace begins with listening.

International Journal of Buddhist Thought Culture

The principles at work here are comparable to the concept of 'complete action"
found elsewhere in the Buddhist literature ... A discussion of the penalty for this
incidence of abortion is to be found in a chapter by J.P. McDermott in Buddhism
and ...

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Buddhism Sexuality and Gender

This book explores historical, textual, and social questions relating to the position and experience of women and gay people in the Buddhist world from India and Tibet to Sri Lanka, China, and Japan.

Author: Jos? Ignacio Cabez?n

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791407578

Category: Religion

Page: 241

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This book explores historical, textual, and social questions relating to the position and experience of women and gay people in the Buddhist world from India and Tibet to Sri Lanka, China, and Japan. It focuses on four key areas: Buddhist history, contemporary culture, Buddhist symbols, and homosexuality, and it covers Buddhism's entire history, from its origins to the present day. The result of original and innovative research, the author offers new perspectives on the history of the attitudes toward, and of the self-perception of, women in both ancient and modern Buddhist societies. He explores key social issues such as abortion, he examines the use of rhetoric and symbols in Buddhist texts and cultures, and he discusses the neglected subject of Buddhism and homosexuality.

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

make their own choices as to their births , so it is not proper to blame only the
person who has the abortion . ... he answered that this rei- “ spirit ” is different
from what is denied as a tamashii - soul in Buddhism , and refers to something
that ...

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The Abortion Dilemma

ments are more tolerant of abortion and consider it a matter of individual
conscience . All Jewish organizations support a woman ' s right to have a safe ,
legal abortion . The Venerable Sangharakshita is the head of the Western
Buddhist Order ...

Author: Miriam Claire

Publisher: Plenum Press

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 293

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The Abortion Dilemma: Personal Views on a Public Issue maintains that reason, tolerance, and medical knowledge are the only effective weapons of defense against the mindless dogma of those individuals and institutions determined to eliminate a woman's right to consider an abortion. Slick marketing of anti-abortion rhetoric, via the press and the pulpit, espouses simple answers to the complex issues surrounding abortion and has nurtured ignorance, moral arrogance, and fanaticism. Ms. Miriam Claire, a member of the Board of Advocates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, convincingly argues that education, not blind faith, is the key to making an informed choice. Through fascinating international and multi-denominational interviews, the author creates a path of learning, compassion, and understanding that provides a reasonable foundation for an educated opinion and will help you define how you feel about abortion. The Abortion Dilemma is a remarkable guide for anyone thinking about abortion, especially when forced to deal with the very real, very personal decision to have an abortion, and concludes with an appendix of references and help centers. This book will be a vital tool for the medical community, social workers, public health officials, the clergy, the legal profession, politicians, marriage counselors, and women's rights advocates.

Buddhism Today formerly Known as Metta

We should understand that Buddhists do not generally accept that if something is
wrong it must necessarily be made illegal . Such matters must be considered in
their social context . Making abortion illegal makes criminals out of women who ...

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Buddhism Through American Women s Eyes

She described herself as a nurse midwife who did a lot of abortion counseling .
After her own abortion she began to ask the women who came to her for help first
to go home and talk to the fetus they were carrying . She encouraged them to tell
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Author: Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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Women from varied Buddhist traditions discuss how they view everyday situations and relationships, and the larger challenges they face, in the context of their practice, gathered here to encourage greater emotional, philosophical and social understanding of their religion. Original.

Anthropology

Buddhism and Abortion in Japan Buddhist teachings about the “ fluidity ” of the
supernatural and human realms are important in contemporary Japan ,
especially in relation to the widespread practice of abortion there . In Japanese
Buddhism ...

Author: Barbara D. Miller

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 722

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Provides coverage, currency and connections of the four fields and core concepts through out the text to provide students with the most integrated and contemporary understanding of anthropology available. Overview of the four fields of cultural, biological, physical anthropology and archaeology. Anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of the interconnection between the four fields of anthropology and access the latest research available in each field.

Abortion Law Choice and Morality

137 This , together with the distinctive Buddhist emphasis on compassion (
especially in Mahayanna Buddhism ) , suggests a strong , though implicit ,
tendency against a practice like abortion . Even to think thoughts which lead to
the taking of ...

Author: Daniel Callahan

Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 524

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A detailed discussion of worldwide abortion laws and attitudes and the ways in which new moral and legal codes might be established

Collected Bodhi Leaves Volume IV

This book contains thirty one numbers of the renowned Bodhi Leaf Publication series, dealing with various aspects of the Buddha’s teaching.

Author: Various

Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN: 9552403731

Category: Religion

Page: 456

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This book contains thirty one numbers of the renowned Bodhi Leaf Publication series, dealing with various aspects of the Buddha’s teaching. Bodhi Leaves 91: Buddha-Bush—Bhikkhu Khantipalo 92: Radical Buddhism and Other Essays—Leonard Price 93: The Heart Awakened—Eileen Siriwardhana 94: The Rebirth of Katsugoro—Lafcadio Hearn 95: Meditating on No-Self—Ayya Khema 96: To The Cemetery and Back—Leonard Price 97: Sayings and Parables—Various Authors 98: Heedfulness—Bhikkhu Khantipalo 99: The Middle Way and other essays—M. O’C. Walshe 100: The Doctrine of Rebirth in Eastern and Western Thought—Karel Werner 101: Mind Training in Buddhism—Natasha Jackson and Hilda M. Edwards 102: Bhikkhu Tissa Dispels Some Doubts—Leonard Price 103: Religious Convention and Sila Practice—Ajahn Sumedho 104: Walking Dhutanga in Britain Bowing to conventions—Bhikkhu Sucitto 105: An Exhortation Self-image or Self-knowledge?—Ayya Khema 106: The Ups and Downs of Rebirth—Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw 107: The Training of the Heart—Ajahn Chah 108: Aggression, War, and Conflict—Bhikkhu Khantipalo 109: Positive Response: How to Meet Evil with Good—Acharya Buddha-rakkhita 110: The Buddha and Catch-22—Samanera Bodhesako 111: Our Real Home—Ajahn Chah 112: The Problem of Fear in Time of Grief—Nina Van Gorkom 113: The Walking Meditation—Suvimalee Karunaratna 114: Going Into Homelessness—Georg Grimm 115: Anapanasati: Meditation on Breathing—Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Mahathera 116: Essential Advice of the Kadampa Masters—Geshe Wangyal 117: A Buddhist View of Abortion—Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano 118: On Pilgrimage—Susan Elbaum Jootla 119: Dhamma Discourse III—Webu Sayadaw 120: The Self Made Private Prison—Lily de Silva 121: Why the Buddha Did Not Preach to a Hungry Man—Louis van Loon

Women in LC s Terms

Terms Abbeys Abortion - Religious aspects Abortion - Religious aspects –
Buddhism * Abortion – Religious aspects - Catholic Church * Abortion ( Canon
law ) * Adultery ( Canon law ) * Affinity ( Canon law ) * Afro - American women
authors ...

Author: Ruth Dickstein

Publisher: Greenwood

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Category: Reference

Page: 221

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Feminism Fractured

Some Buddhist temples in fact gain profits from abortion business , by calling
aborted fetus " liquid child ” who should get consolation for its soul . See LeFleur
1992 and Hardacre 1997 on Buddhism and abortion , especially on the fetus ...

Author: Tomomi Yamaguchi

Publisher:

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Category: Feminism

Page: 517

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The Review of Korean Studies

Venerable Sõngdõk also initiated a Buddhist Fetal Life Protection campaign that
honors the “ consciousness ” whose lives are abruptly terminated by abortion . In
the Korean government ' s intense drive to limit family size to build the national ...

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The Churches Speak On abortion

An abortion may cause the soul to be trapped in the aura , causing problems .
Abortion is understood as a crime of murder . BUDDHIST CHURCHES OF
AMERICA A SHIN BUDDHIST STANCE ON ABORTION ( 1984 ) As the
controversy ...

Author: J. Gordon Melton

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 199

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