Opportunity or Obstacle?

Buddhist Views on Organ DonationKarma Lekshe Tsomo

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WHEN I RETURNED to the United States after fifteen years in Asia, many American colloquialisms were new to me. I often had to ask people to explain the significance of one slang expression or another. When I heard some young motorcycle riders referred to as "organ donors," a friend explained that people with young healthy bodies riding motorcycles without helmets were prime candidates for the kinds of serious head injuries that would result in the surgical transplantation of their vital organs to others. Reacculturation to modern American life was full of enlightening experiences such as this.

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