Buddhism and Violence -Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia
Editor : Vladimir Tikhonov, Torkel Brekke
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0203111028
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-11102-4
No of pages : 277
eBook Price : $125.00
Originally Published : Sep 10, 2012
It is generally accepted in the West that Buddhism is a peaceful religion. The Western public tends to assume that the doctrinal rejection of violence in Buddhism would make Buddhist pacifists, and often expects Buddhist societies or individual Asian Buddhists to conform to the modern Western standards of peaceful behavior. This stereotype " which may well be termed positive Orientalism, since it is based on assumption that an Oriental religion would be more faithful to its original non-violent teachings than Western Christianity " has been periodically challenged by enthusiastic acquiescence by monastic Buddhism to the most brutal sorts of warfare.
This volume demolishes this stereotype, and produces instead a coherent, nuanced account on the modern Buddhist attitudes towards violence and warfare, which take into consideration both doctrinal logic of Buddhism and the socio-political situation in Asian Buddhist societies. The chapters in this book offer a deeper analysis of Buddhist militarism and Buddhist attitudes towards violence than previous volumes, grounded in an awareness of Buddhist doctrines and the recent history of nationalism, as well as the role Buddhism plays in constructions of national identity. The international team of contributors includes scholars from Thailand, Japan, and Korea.