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Zen War Stories (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) Paperback – February 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0700715817 ISBN-10: 0700715819 Edition: annotated edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; annotated edition edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700715819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700715817
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Victoria presents us with a carefully documented study.' - Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

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Brian Daizen Victoria holds a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Soto Zen sect-affiliated Komazawa University in Tokyo, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies at Temple University. Brian entered the Soto Zen priesthood in 1964 and. following training at Daihonzan Eiheiji, pursued graduate studies in Buddhism at Soto Zen sect-affiliated Komazawa University in Tokyo. At present, Brian is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Brazier on March 22, 2003
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This well researched and controversial book makes a deep impression. It raises crucially important questions about the relationship between religion and state as well as casting new light upon twentieth century Japanese history. That even Buddhism, in theory the most peaceful of creeds, could have been so extensively corrupted by a military agenda, gives one many
insights into human nature, not least, by comparison, into the contemporary phenomenon of guerrilla fundamentalists and their crusading patriotic opponents. The book contains a wealth of fascinating original source material, a feature that not only brings home the reality of war and its moral dilemmas, but also, most importantly, enables the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. An excellent book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Alia on July 7, 2008
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This book gives a rarely portrayed glimpse into the influence of Zen Buddhism within and on the early 20th century war machine of Japanese imperialism. With many stories of religion gone wrong, this is an important work.
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