Buddhist Warfare

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Title:Buddhist Warfare

ISBN:9780195394849

Author:

Editor:Michael Jerryson
Mark Juergensmeyer

Publisher:Oxford University Press

Publish Year:2010

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:History | Politics | Buddhism

Language:English

Remarks:B&W Photographs, Appendix, Bibliography and Index.

Pages:257

Size:196 x 234 mm

Weight(gms):395

Price:USD 12.14

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  • Though traditionally regarded as a peaceful religion, Buddhism has a dark side. On multiple occasions over the past fifteen centuries, Buddhist leaders have sanctioned violence, and even war. The eight essays in this book focus on a variety of Buddhist traditions, from antiquity to the present, and show that Buddhist organizations have used religious images and rhetoric to support military conquest throughout history.

    Buddhist soldiers in sixth century China were given the illustrious status of Bodhisattva after killing their adversaries. In seventeenth century Tibet, the Fifth Dalai Lama endorsed a Mongol ruler's killing of his rivals. And in modern-day Thailand, Buddhist soldiers carry out their duties undercover, as fully ordained monks armed with guns.

    Buddhist Warfare demonstrates that the discourse on religion and violence, usually applied to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, can no longer exclude Buddhist traditions. The book examines Buddhist military action in Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and shows that even the most unlikely and allegedly pacifist religious traditions are susceptible to the violent tendencies of man.

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