Zen War Stories (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) by Brian Victoria

By Brian Victoria

Following the significantly acclaimed Zen at War (1997), Brian Victoria explores the intimate dating among eastern institutional Buddhism and militarism through the moment global War.
Victoria unearths for the 1st time, via exam of the wartime writings of the japanese army itself, that the Zen school's view of lifestyles and loss of life was once intentionally included into the military's programme of 'spiritual schooling' which will advance a fanatical army spirit in either squaddies and civilians.  moreover, that D. T. Suzuki, the main recognized exponent of Zen within the West, is proven to were a wartime proponent of this Zen-inspired standpoint which enabled jap infantrymen to go away for the battlefield already resigned to death.  Victoria takes us onto the naval battlefield within the corporation of warrior-monk and Rinzai Zen grasp Nakajima Genjô.  We view the conflict in China in the course of the eyes of a Buddhist army chaplain.  The e-book additionally examines the connection to Buddhism of Japan's seven Class-A conflict criminals who have been hung via the Tokyo warfare Crimes Tribunal in 1948.
A hugely arguable research, this booklet should be of curiosity, in the beginning, to scholars of Zen in addition to all these learning the background of this era, let alone an individual inquisitive about the perennial query of the 'proper' dating among faith and the state.

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