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Compassionate Violence?: On the Ethical Implications of Tantric Buddhist Ritual

  title={Compassionate Violence?: On the Ethical Implications of Tantric Buddhist Ritual},
  author={David Bertsch Gray},
  journal={The Journal of Buddhist Ethics},
  • D. Gray
  • Published 2007
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Abstract Buddhism is often presented as a non-violent religion that highlights the virtue of universal compassion. However, it does not unequivocally reject the use of violence, and leaves open the possibility that violence may be committed under special circumstances by spiritually realized beings. This paper examines several apologetic defenses for the presence of violent imagery and rituals in tantric Buddhist literature. It will demonstrate that several Buddhist commentators, in advancing… 

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