By Michael Jerryson, Mark Juergensmeyer
"A interesting paintings. . . " --Buddhadharma
"Anyone with idealized notions of Buddhism as a faith totally dedicated to peace and non-violence will reap the benefits of this nice assortment. Outlining how a variety of Buddhists have participated in battle and justified this obvious violation in their moral ideas, those essays shed new gentle on sacred violence, just-war discourse, spiritual nationalism, and spiritual institutions' collaboration with the kingdom. it is a wealthy and well timed book." ---Christopher Ives, writer of Imperial-Way Zen
"This e-book is key examining for Buddhist students with any area of expertise, if merely to foster new attention of the systemics of Buddhist politics and new textual readings, historic framings, and theoretical frames. This quantity presents clean views that make it a real contribution to the learn of Buddhist violence and to Buddhist experiences inside international tendencies of spiritual violence. " --Journal of world Buddhism
Though commonly considered as a calm faith, Buddhism has a dismal part. On a number of events during the last fifteen centuries, Buddhist leaders have sanctioned violence, or even battle. The 8 essays during this ebook concentrate on various Buddhist traditions, from antiquity to the current, and express that Buddhist organisations have used spiritual photographs and rhetoric to help army conquest all through background.
Buddhist infantrymen in 6th century China got the illustrious prestige of Bodhisattva after killing their adversaries. In 17th century Tibet, the 5th Dalai Lama counseled a Mongol ruler's killing of his competitors. And in modern day Thailand, Buddhist squaddies perform their tasks undercover, as totally ordained priests armed with weapons.
Buddhist conflict demonstrates that the discourse on faith and violence, frequently utilized to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, can not exclude Buddhist traditions. The publication examines Buddhist army motion in Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and exhibits that even the main not going and allegedly pacifist non secular traditions are vulnerable to the violent developments of guy.
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Such are the questions I am given the opportunity to consider, thanks to Renondeau, in this Chinese-style postscript. When the Hieizan monks took up arms to go off to war their faces were veiled. Their heads were wrapped in a cloth that left only their eyes uncovered. It can surely be said that they were in bad faith, and for good reason. Murder, harming living creatures, as is said in Sanskrit (prānātipāta), the act of killing (cha-cheng) or cutting short life (touan cheng-ming) as the Chinese say, are all in fact the subject of the ﬁrst of the ﬁve precepts (pañca-śīla), which every practitioner in the Buddhist community must observe, laypersons as well as monks.
73 Around the end of the Tang dynasty, when the dynasty was beginning to falter, government ofﬁcials were inciting unrest on all sides to arrogate regional power. 74 His accomplice was Li Che-tao, who was of Korean descent; his grandfather Li Tcheng-ki had enlisted in China’s army as a general and become a naturalized citizen in 778. As a military commander in Chan-tong, he carved out a vast territory which he controlled nearly autonomously and which afterward his son Li Na took over, followed by his grandson Li Che-kou.
38 So many different solutions! It is signiﬁcant that in the history of China the question of Buddhist monks serving in the military was never discussed in ideological terms, only in economical ones. 39 In exchange for these privileges, the state expected religious beneﬁts for its welfare, the welfare of the dynasty, and all its citizens. Rites were performed against natural calamities, such as droughts, as well as against human calamities, such as war or enemies. Subsequently, most notably in Tantric liturgy, we see Buddhist rituals used toward military ends continuously throughout the Far East.