Organ Donation and (Im)Permanence?

Was reading some news articles this morning and stumbled on one via the Associated Press about Japan allowing more organ transplanting to take place. I never knew it was such an issue, especially to the Buddhist community in Japan.

From what the article says, the Buddhist community in Japan “consider the body sacred and reject its desecration.” This threw me for a loop, as I’ve been trying to grasp the idea of impermanence.

Tibetan Buddhist Thubten Chodron says on her website:

Two factors to consider when making this decision are 1) will organ donation harm the dying person? 2) what is the role of compassion in making this decision?

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