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By Michael Jerryson,Mark Juergensmeyer

although usually considered as a relaxed faith, Buddhism has a depressing part. On a number of events during the last fifteen centuries, Buddhist leaders have sanctioned violence, or even conflict. The 8 essays during this e-book specialize in various Buddhist traditions, from antiquity to the current, and exhibit that Buddhist companies have used non secular photos and rhetoric to help army conquest all through history.

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 opponents. And in modern day Thailand, Buddhist squaddies perform their tasks undercover, as absolutely ordained clergymen armed with guns.

Buddhist war demonstrates that the discourse on faith and violence, frequently utilized to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, can not exclude Buddhist traditions. The booklet examines Buddhist army motion in Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and indicates that even the main not going and allegedly pacifist spiritual traditions are prone to the violent trends of man.

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