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An Ethical Critique of Wartime Zen

@article{Victoria2015AnEC,
  title={An Ethical Critique of Wartime Zen},
  author={B. Victoria},
  journal={Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={9},
  pages={179-212}
}
  • B. Victoria
  • Published 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies
This article explores the ethical implications of those numerous Japanese Zen masters who so strongly and unconditionally supported Japanese aggression during the Asia-Pacific War (1937-45) and before. It asks the question whether such masters may rightly be considered to have been enlightened/awakened in a Buddhist sense. If not, what are the implications for such foundational Zen doctrines as “a separate transmission outside the sūtras” and “no dependence on words and letters”?  This article… Expand

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