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Abstract 摘要

This article comments on Zhang Ying’s essay “Death and Dying in Chinese Madhyāmika Buddhism”. The central thesis of Zhang’s essay is that Madhyāmika’s non-dualist approach to samsara and nirvana, this world and the other world, and life and death helps narrow the gap between life and death and consequently remove our fear of death, which in turn has important implications for hospice care. However, Zhang did not explain how this non-duality can be put into practice, which is a major defect of Zhang’s paper. And if accessibility to non-duality in practice is not fully explained, people’s confusion around hospice care remains. Moreover, Zhang’s essay fails to explain the implications of Madhyāmika’s non-dualist approach for the practice of hospice care in contemporary society, which Zhang promised to do so.

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