By Mark Juergensmeyer
Notwithstanding usually considered as a relaxed faith, Buddhism has a depressing aspect. On a number of events during the last fifteen centuries, Buddhist leaders have sanctioned violence, or even warfare. The 8 essays during this booklet specialize in numerous Buddhist traditions, from antiquity to the current, and express that Buddhist firms have used spiritual pictures and rhetoric to aid army conquest all through heritage.
Buddhist infantrymen in 6th century China got the illustrious prestige of Bodhisattva after killing their adversaries. In 17th century Tibet, the 5th Dalai Lama recommended a Mongol ruler's killing of his opponents. And in modern day Thailand, Buddhist infantrymen perform their tasks undercover, as absolutely ordained clergymen armed with weapons.
Buddhist struggle demonstrates that the discourse on faith and violence, frequently utilized to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, can not exclude Buddhist traditions. The e-book examines Buddhist army motion in Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and exhibits that even the main not likely and allegedly pacifist spiritual traditions are prone to the violent traits of man.