There seems to be overwhelming evidence that these people with squinty eyes and funny lettering who are called Buddhists are not really the cuddly
teddy bear people you want us to imagine.
LOL...wow. You are incredibly ignorant.
You...and EVERY SINGLE "source" you keep presenting contains the EXACT SAME, BLATANT, AND RIDICULOUS error of indisputable historical fact as it's
That is...YOU CANNOT ATTRIBUTE THE ACTIONS OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE TO THE BUDDHISTS BECAUSE FROM 1868-1945 JAPAN WAS A SHINTO
It's like blaming the Hare Krishnas in the United States for invading Iraq...what the hell did they have to do with it OR the right-wing nuttery that
got us there? Nothing! The Hare Krishnas are a completely different religious tradition, they are a minority population, and they hold essentially
zero power in local, state, and federal government as well as the judiciary....much like the minority Buddhists did in Japan between the years of
THAT'S WHY THAT TIME PERIOD IN JAPANESE HISTORY HAS BEEN DUBBED "STATE SHINTO"
It's because the government hijacked the traditional and native SHINTO
religion in an effort to fuel their nationalism and the war
machine and the Buddhists were summarily persecuted with the proverbial "velvet hammer" for their beliefs until the vast majority of them ultimately
converted to the SHINTO THEOCRACY
...Now...why would the Japanese Imperial govt work so hard to get everybody on board w/ practicing the SHINTO
buddhism?? EASY!! Because the Buddhist religious establishment flat-out REFUSED to beat the war drums for the Japanese Empire!!!
So...now that we have dispelled this insane concept of "Japanese WWII-era Buddhists" for once and for all...what's left to support the argument of
the "violent Buddhists?". Can you find Buddhists that fought sometimes? Sure...they are human beings. The Shaolin monks are some of the most
fierce and best trained warriors in the history of the world and would EASILY give a Spartan a run for their money if not outright hand their asses to
However, all of this rich tradition in Kung Fu and the martial arts was developed BECAUSE the Shaolin Buddhists were being persecuted for teaching a
doctrine of peace instead of pounding the war drums for the Chinese Emperor. Later they would use their skills to defend themselves or travelers
during China's many periods of near-anarchy from bands of roving thugs.
The closest the Shaolin ever came to going to "war" was a series of four battles during a single year (1553) when the monks assisted the Ming
Dynasty in clearing up an epidemic of non-state sponsored piracy on the coast...once again...fighting brigands and thieves. They fought ferociously
to defend their people from rape, pillage, and plunder...and then went right back to the Temple where they have been meditating ever since. That's
it. In 1500 years the Shaolin have engaged in a grand total of FOUR full-scale battles during a SINGLE YEAR of their history. The sum total of their
existence before and since has been spent in nothing more than perfecting their art to ensure the safe passage of travelers for the purpose of trade.
That's a mall cop...not an "soldier".
Now your argument is that the ones that kill are not really Buddhists, cool argument
No...you're just being ignorant and racist again. There is no "argument" I'm just accurately pointing out that a SHINTO
is not a
of any kind...real, pretend, imaginary, pious or otherwise. Just like a Muslim isn't a Christian, a Jew isn't a Lakota Sioux
Medicine Man, a Hindu isn't a Zoroastrian, and an apple isn't an orange. There's no theological relationship between the two at all.
and if indeed you are saying Buddhists are violent then I apologise, I thought you were saying Buddhists are non violent.
...and stop thinking in absolutes already...would you? I never said that "no Buddhist anywhere on planet earth has ever been violent even once". I
correctly stated that out of ALL OF THE MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS...Buddhism is the ONLY one to more or less consistently refuse to the beat the war drums
for their governments. Can you find an exception? Probably...I'm sure there is some sh^thole temple somewhere in the Himalaya's that time has
largely forgotten that didn't follow the teaching of Buddha once...but you cannot find any Pope Urban the II's, Torquemada's, Saladin's, or
Netanyahu's in the Buddhist tradition who successfully co-opted the Buddhist religious establishment into playing a role in government-sanctioned
warfare, genocide, imperialism, etc.
By and large...the Buddhists are BY FAR the "cleanest" (even if not "absolutely perfect") out of all the World Religions. And that, my
friend...is a FACT.