Buddhism, War, and Nationalism

Chinese Monks in the Struggle Against Japanese Aggression 1931-1945

By Xue Yu

© 2005 – Routledge

292 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415802307
pub: 2011-04-13
US Dollars$54.95
x
Hardback: 9780415975117
pub: 2005-08-15
US Dollars$130.00
x

e–Inspection Copy

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Changing Buddhism in Modern China 2. Buddhism and National Defending 3. Propaganda against Japanese Aggressions 4. Buddhist Participation in the War 5. Buddhism in Japanese-Occupied Areas 6. Taixu and Buddhism after the War. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

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

About the Series

East Asia: History, Politics, Sociology and Culture

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
REL007010
RELIGION / Buddhism / History
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC043000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies