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Zen at War

ISBN-10: 0742539261
ISBN-13: 9780742539266
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
The Meiji Restoration of 1868 and Buddhism
The Attempted Suppression of Buddhism
Early Buddhist Social Ferment
Uchiyama Gudo: Radical Soto Zen Priest
Institutional Buddhism's Rejection of Progressive Social Action
Japanese Militarism and Buddhism
The Incorporation of Buddhism into the Japanese War Machine (1913-30)
Buddhist Resistance to Japanese Militarism
The Emergence of Imperial-Way Buddhism
The Emergence of Imperial-State Zen and Soldier Zen
Other Zen Masters and Scholars in the War Effort
Postwar Trends
The Postwar Japanese Responses to Imperial-Way Buddhism, Imperial-State Zen, and Soldier Zen
Corporate Zen in Postwar Japan
Was It Buddhism?
Epilogue
Notes
Concise Glossary of Buddhist Terminology
Works Cited
Index
About the Author

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