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Zen at War

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ISBN-10: 0742539261

ISBN-13: 9780742539266

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Brian Daizen Victoria

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $41.00
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: 1.254
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
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?
Concise Glossary of Buddhist Terminology
Works Cited
About the Author