Buddhism and Violence by Michael Zimmermann (Editor)

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This quantity experiences the proof that, at specific moments of their background and in sure facets in their doctrines, the traditions of Buddhism, like different non secular traditions, have actively or passively promoted - and will proceed to advertise - violent modes of habit or structural violence. The articles during this quantity disguise a huge spectrum of the Buddhist international in time period of areas and sessions. They care for points of violence beginning in India sooner than the typical period and varying to the help of eastern militarism by means of Buddhist leaders a long way into the twentieth century.

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1987),31 and 326-8. I have not tried to investigate the opinions held by present-day Japanese Pure Land Buddhists regarding suicide. IT ng to the period and variety of Buddhism examined. ;oblem have been examined, and this, above all, in a preliminary fashion, E; Finally, a whole assortment of factors that may be influential in sl)apiLwping views on suicide have been virtually disregarded in this article.

While these deeds of the Bodhisattva have always received much attention in secondary literature on Buddhism, cases of suicide that can be found in narratives belonging to the second category mentioned above have, to the best of my knowledge, virtually been ignored. In order to illustrate that these sources do not deserve such neglect when the subject of suicide in Buddhism is addressed, a few remarks restricted to only one of these sources, the Avadiinasataka as transmitted in its edited Sanskrit recension, 59 may be offered.

Earlier on in China, the anecdote of a lay follower of the patriarch Shandao (613-681) was transmitted, according to which he threw himself from a large tree with fatal results, after his master had assured him that rebirth in the pure land would be certain if he chanted the name of Buddha Arnitabha. 77 Furthermore, there are reports from the Japanese Middle Ages that numerous followers of this doctrine drowned themselves in rivers or in the ocean. However, it seems that in most cases precautions were taken that allowed the process of drowning to be interrupted as soon as the suicide lost his concentration, equanimity and determination.

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