Browsing Posts published in May, 2004

Recently my views on the possibility of a Buddhist rationale for self-defense have been criticized from two directions. On the one hand are those who believe that Buddhist, and Nichiren Buddhists in particular, are obliged to hold a position of absolute non-violence. Then there are those who insist that Nichiren Budhists are not obliged to [...]

Ending War

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The very first of the major precepts given by the Buddha to laypeople is to not kill or harm other beings. One of the four offenses for which a monk can be permanently expelled from the Sangha (the monastic Sangha that is) is to kill another human being (a prohibition which includes participating in or [...]