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

1st Edition

Xue Yu

Routledge
Published April 14, 2011
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780415802307 - CAT# Y102256
Series: East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology and Culture

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Summary

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.

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