Buddhist Warfare
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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...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 2009)
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josey
Buddha stated:

"All men tremble at punishment, all men fear death; remembering that thou are like unto them, do not strike or slay.
All men tremble at punishment, all men love life: remembering that thou are like unto them, do not strike or slay." -The Dhammapada

"When a warrior strives & exerts himself in battle, his mind is already seized, debased, & misdirected by the thought: 'May these beings be struck down or slaughtered or annihilated or destroyed. May they not exist.' If others then...more
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.

It's very schol...more
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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In Myanmar, economic anxieties drove Buddhist movement to commit genocide against religious minority, 2010 - 2013:
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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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