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Teaching Religion and Violence$
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Brian K. Pennington

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372427.001.0001

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Teaching Buddhism and Violence

Teaching Buddhism and Violence

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Teaching Religion and Violence
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Brian Daizen Victoria

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372427.003.0003

This essay focuses on Japanese Buddhism, including Zen, to demonstrate that Buddhism, like all of the world’s major faiths, does indeed have a long historical and doctrinal connection to violence. In Buddhism’s case, such doctrines as karma, rebirth, skillful means (upāya), compassion, selflessness (anātman), and samādhi -power, each a core Buddhist teaching, have long been used to justify violence and warfare.

Keywords:   upāya, karma, anātman, Zen, Japanese Buddhism, compassion, samādhi, rebirth

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