Vulnerability, Compassion, and Ethical Responsibility: A Buddhist Perspective on the Phenomenology of Illness and Health

Ellen Ying ZHANG*

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Abstract

Perhaps no religion like Buddhism Buddhism speaks explicitly of the human experience of bodily/mentally vulnerability. According to the Buddhist tradition, the story of the young prince Siddhartha and his decision of embarking on the journey of enlightenment Enlightenment\t See Liberation is closely related to his personal experience of seeing the “four passing signs”, three of which are about the experience of human physical vulnerability: aging, sickness, and death.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancing Global Bioethics
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Pages41-52
Number of pages12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvancing Global Bioethics
Volume2
ISSN (Print)2212-652X
ISSN (Electronic)2212-6538

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Human Vulnerability
  • Meditative Practice
  • Passing Sign
  • Phenomenal Character
  • Virtue Ethic

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