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A compelling history of the contradictory, often militaristic, role of Zen Buddhism, this book meticulously documents the close and previously unknown support of a supposedly peaceful religion for Japanese militarism throughout World War II. Drawing on the writings and speeches of leading Zen masters and scholars, Brian Victoria shows that Zen served as a powerful foundation for the fanatical and suicidal spirit displayed by the imperial Japanese military. At the same time, the author recounts the dramatic and tragic stories of the handful of Buddhist organizations and individuals that dared to oppose Japan's march to war. He follows this history up through recent apologies by several Zen sects for their support of the war and the way support for militarism was transformed into corporate Zen in postwar Japan. The second edition includes a substantive new chapter on the roots of Zen militarism and an epilogue that explores the potentially volatile mix of religion and war. With the increasing interest in Buddhism in the West, this book is as timely as it is certain to be controversial.

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A compelling history of the contradictory, often militaristic, role of Zen Buddhism, this book meticulously documents the close and previously unknown support of a supposedly peaceful religion for Japanese militarism throughout World War II. Drawing on th

Product Details

ISBN:
9780742539266
Author:
Victoria, Brian Daizen
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Author:
Victoria, Brian
Author:
Victoria, Daizen
Author:
Victoria, Brian Daizen
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Zen
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism -- History.
Subject:
Eastern - Zen
Subject:
Buddhism -- Japan -- History -- 1868-1945.
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Edition Number:
2
Series:
War and Peace Library
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
285
Dimensions:
8.98x6.02x.67 in. .91 lbs.

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