Zen at war
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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Aware of its irony, Ernest Hemingway wore a belt, from a dead WW I German soldier, with the inscription, Gott mitt uns. (God is on our side.) God is on the side of the Germans, on the side of the ... Read full review
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In /Zen at War/, Victoria considers the history of Buddhism's relationship with state militarism, focusing especially on Japanese Zen Buddhism in the years before and during the Second World War. He ... Read full review
Early Buddhist Social Ferment
Radical Soto Zen Priest
Institutional Buddhisms Rejection
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Crooked Cucumber--Digressions--Brian Victoria
Brian Victoria's book, Zen at War was in the bibliography for Crooked Cucumber. I was delighted with it and got hold of Brian in Australia--or maybe he got ...
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Zen at War
Zen at War is a more accessible overview that focuses primarily on institutional Buddhism, especially Zen, from 1868 to the present day. ...
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Zen at War. By Brian Victoria. Weatherhill, 1997. 240 pages. $19.95.
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Race Matters - Zen At War
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Zen at War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zen at War is a book written by Brian Daizen Victoria, published in 1998. The book gives a critical insight on the history of Zen Buddhism and Japanese ...
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Japan Today - News and discussion
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