Buddhist Warfare

Paperback | January 22, 2010

byMichael Jerryson, Mark Juergensmeyer

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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 thepresent, and show that Buddhist organizations have used religious images and rhetoric to support military conquest throughout history. Buddhist soldiers in sixth century China were given the illustrious status of Bodhisattva after killing their adversaries. In seventeenth century Tibet, the Fifth Dalai Lama endorsed a Mongol ruler's killing of his rivals. And in modern-day Thailand, Buddhist soldiers carry out their dutiesundercover, as fully ordained monks armed with guns. Buddhist Warfare demonstrates that the discourse on religion and violence, usually applied to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, can no longer exclude Buddhist traditions. The book examines Buddhist military action in Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and shows that eventhe most unlikely and allegedly pacifist religious traditions are susceptible to the violent tendencies of man.

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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 thepresent, and show that Buddhist organizations have ...

Michael Jerryson is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Eckerd College, Florida. He is the author of Mongolian Buddhism: The Rise and Fall of the Sangha. Mark Juergensmeyer is the director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, and a professor of Global and International Studies, Religious Studies, and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:January 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Michael Jerryson: Introduction1. Paul Demieville: Buddhism and War2. Stephen Jenkins: Making Merit through Warfare3. Derek F. Mahler: Sacralized Warfare: The Fifth Dalai Lama and the Discourse of Religious Violence4. Vesna Wallace: Corporal Punishment during Mongolia's Theocratic Period5. Brian Victoria: A Buddhological Critique of 'Soldier Zen' in Wartime Japan6. Xue Yu: Buddhist Monks in China during the Korean War7. Daniel Kent: Sermons to Soldiers in the Sri Lankan Army8. Michael Jerryson: Militarizing Buddhism: Violence in Southern ThailandBernard Faure: Concluding Remarks: Afterthoughts