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Buddhism War and Nationalism: Chinese Monks in the Struggle Against Japanese Aggressions 1931-1945

History


by
Xue Yu

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 292 pages

File size: 416 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

This thesis examines the doctrinal grounds and different approaches to working out this “new Buddhist tradition,” a startling contrast to the teachings of non-violence and compassion which have made Buddhism known as a religion of peace. In scores of articles as war approached in 1936-37, new monks searched and reinterpreted scripture, making controversial arguments for ideas like “compassionate killing” which would justify participating in war.