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Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia (Routledge Studies in Religion) 1st Edition

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This well-researched volume will definitely raise awareness of academics, policy makers, and students. At the same time, it deserves a wide readership, especially among general readers concerned with the nexus of Buddhism and violence". - Kai Chen, College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, China, Journal of Global Buddhism

About the Author

Vladimir Tikhonov is a Professor at Oslo University (UiO), Norway, working mainly in the areas of Korean Buddhist history and history of modern thought in Korea.

Torkel Brekke is a Professor at Oslo University (UiO), Norway, working mainly in the areas of the ethics of war in South Asian civilizations and comparative religion, including the problems of fundamentalism and religious violence.


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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Studies in Religion (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415536960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415536967
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,820,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeri VINE VOICE on March 19, 2013
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Although there are many different strains of Buddhism, the western world continues to believe that Buddhism is essentially nonviolent.

This is simply factually wrong. It was not true historically, and it is not even true today.

As recently as Dec 6, 2009 more than 1,000 Buddhists lugging clubs and swords savagely attacked a Catholic church in Crooswatta, Sri Lanka. As they fell on Father Lakshman, they shouted, "Cut him to pieces, kill him." Sri Lanka is plagued by nationalism and Christian groups are persecuted, frequently violently. Not that our media has noticed.

This book is full of essays covering Buddhism and violence.

"Acceptance for a certain extent of state violence is plausible within ...Dhammaraja-Buddhism and the concept of Thainess" (p 47), is the provocative argument in "Military Temples and Saffron-Robed Soldiers".

In "Canonical Ambiguity and Differential Practices" Frydenlund points out the complicated political and social reasons that have led monks to join in wars. "Pacifism among monks is rare. In many ways war was accepted as a regrettable part of life in the world" (p 107)".

Perhaps the most intriguing entry is Auerback's exploration of the well known book, 'Zen at War" and the general nationalistic fervor shown by Zen Buddhists in Japan for war. Auerback investigates Zen and military chaplaincy in the diary of Soen.

The variety within Buddhism is well expressed in 1977 by Kittivuddho, a leading Thai Buddhist monk, who announced that "killing Communists is not a sin" (p 177).

Nor is he merely a modern aberration. Before Christ was born, monks fought a war with Buddha's relic as a banner. And "throughout Chinese Buddhist history, monks were...seen involved in military conflict and war. In 515, a monk called Faqing rallied behind him more than 50,000 Buddhists" (p 203) to fight with him against the Northern Wei dynasty.
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