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Good Deaths: Perspectives on Dying Well and on Medical Assistance in Dying at Thrangu Monastery Canada

Independent Researcher, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Religions 2019, 10(2), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020070
Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 16 January 2019 / Accepted: 17 January 2019 / Published: 22 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buddhism in the United States and Canada)
Anthropological, sociological, and bioethical research suggest that various agencies affect one’s relationship with the dying process and end-of-life decisions. Agencies include the media, medical professionals, culture, and religion. Observing the prevalence of meditations and rituals relating to death at Thrangu Monastery Canada, I wanted to investigate how the latter two agencies in particular, namely culture and religion, impacted the monastery members’ views on the dying process. During 2018 interviews, I asked their opinions on the meaning of dying well, and on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), which was legalized in Canada in 2016. Although some scriptural examinations have suggested that voluntary euthanasia is contrary to Buddhist teachings, the majority of the monastery’s respondents support MAID to some degree and in some circumstances. Moral absolutes were not valued as much as autonomy, noninterference, wisdom, and compassion. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tibetan Buddhism; Canada; Euthanasia; Medical Assistance in Dying; Bioethics; good deaths; culture and religion in end-of-life decisions Tibetan Buddhism; Canada; Euthanasia; Medical Assistance in Dying; Bioethics; good deaths; culture and religion in end-of-life decisions
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Larm, J. Good Deaths: Perspectives on Dying Well and on Medical Assistance in Dying at Thrangu Monastery Canada. Religions 2019, 10, 70. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020070

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Larm J. Good Deaths: Perspectives on Dying Well and on Medical Assistance in Dying at Thrangu Monastery Canada. Religions. 2019; 10(2):70. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020070

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Larm, Jackie. 2019. "Good Deaths: Perspectives on Dying Well and on Medical Assistance in Dying at Thrangu Monastery Canada" Religions 10, no. 2: 70. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020070

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