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Zen at War is a stunning contribution to our understanding of Japanese militarism and the broader issue of war responsibility as it continues to be addressed (and ignored) in contemporary Japan. Brian Victoria's great sensitivity to the perversion and betrayal of Buddhism's teachings about compassion and non-violence makes his indictment of the role played by Imperial Way Buddhists in promoting ultranationalism and aggression all the more strikingand all the more saddening.
Professor John W. Dower, Harvard University Author of War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
In this carefully documented study, Brian Victoria discloses the incredible intellectual dishonesty of Japanese Buddhists who perverted their religion to a jingoistic doctrine of support of the emperor and imperial expansion during the period 1868-1945. Good job! We must face this dark side of our heritage squarely.
Robert Aitken, Roshi, Honolulu Diamond Sangha Author of The Mind of Clover and The Practice of Perfection --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Zen At War is an amazing book.
This book shows very clearly what you get when you let someone else run your spiritual life: You get Jonestown. Read more
Zen with its ethical element stuffed in a box is the subject of Brian Victoria's valiant and important book ZEN AT WAR (Weatherhill, 1997). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Glenn J. Shea
The shock value is not so great, as I've been aware of the basic contents for sometime. Japan is an island and the Japanese are an insular people. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kaglecom
Well written, cruelly honest and it shattered my notion of Buddhist behavior. I am sad that the facts happened and thankful to have read about them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kozen
I wanted to write this review as a warning to readers of Brian Victoria. This book, as well as his other writings, contain selective use of quotes, questionable interpretations,... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Matthew Gindin
I think most of us have an image of Zen Buddhism as gentle, kind, non-violent. And maybe it is in its teachings. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book disproves the frequently repeated mantra that Buddhism is against war. Actually, any history book on the vicious religious wars in places like Tibet would alter that... Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Many readers interested in zen have heard of, or have read about, Brian Victoria. This is the guy who had the courage, audacity, and honesty to pull back the cover on Japanese... Read morePublished on April 29, 2009 by J. Storey
This exhaustively researched, well-documented and courageous book is incorrectly titled; it should have been "Buddhism At War" as that is its focus. Read morePublished on December 12, 2007 by Gary Weber