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The authors note the conflict between the Buddhist norms of non-violence and the prohibition of the killing of sentient beings and acts of state violence supported by the Buddhist community (sangha), acts of civil violence in which monks participate, and Buddhist intersectarian violence.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 2009)
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John
I encourage Buddhists and anyone interested in Buddhism to read this book. Not because it will deter Buddhists from their religion (it didn't deter me anymore than a book on the Crusades should deter Christians from church, or the news feed should deter Muslims) but because it will force Buddhists to think about what their faith and way of life means to them and how they should react to and treat other Buddhists who disagree with them, like say, by trying to attack and kill them.

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Jeffrey
Most of the essays in this collection are quite good. None are mediocre. A few are incredibly eye-opening.
Terence
Oct 10, 2010 Terence marked it as wish-list
Recommended to Terence by: Truthdig.com review
From the review: "In the afterword, Bernard Faure states that the aim of the collection was to press Buddhists and scholars of Buddhism to face up to the worst aberrations and silences within the tradition. Faure accuses many contemporary Buddhist apologists of taking the `high metaphysical or moral ground' rather than recognizing that in Buddhism, as in all the faiths, there is a constant struggle between light and darkness, between the promise of release and `the violence that lies at the hear ...more
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Patty Chang
Edited volume, some pretty poor essays so far. Main takeaway, Buddhists are not necessarily pacifists.
Todd
Despite being somewhat of a dry read, this book is a proven eye-opener for Buddhists in the West.
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