Buddhism, War, and Nationalism

Chinese Monks in the Struggle Against Japanese Aggression 1931-1945


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.
  • Taylor and Francis; October 2013
  • ISBN 9781135487324
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  • Title: Buddhism, War, and Nationalism
  • Author: Xue Yu
  • Imprint: Routledge

About The Author

Xue Yu is Director of the Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.