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By Michael Zimmermann

ISBN-10: 3895005452

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This quantity experiences the facts that, at specific moments of their heritage and in convinced elements in their doctrines, the traditions of Buddhism, like different spiritual traditions, have actively or passively promoted - and will proceed to advertise - violent modes of habit or structural violence. The articles during this quantity hide a vast spectrum of the Buddhist international in time period of areas and classes. They care for points of violence beginning in India prior to the typical period and varying to the aid of eastern militarism via Buddhist leaders a ways into the 20 th century.

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By Michael Zimmermann

ISBN-10: 3895005452

ISBN-13: 9783895005459

This quantity experiences the facts that, at specific moments of their heritage and in convinced elements in their doctrines, the traditions of Buddhism, like different spiritual traditions, have actively or passively promoted - and will proceed to advertise - violent modes of habit or structural violence. The articles during this quantity hide a vast spectrum of the Buddhist international in time period of areas and classes. They care for points of violence beginning in India prior to the typical period and varying to the aid of eastern militarism via Buddhist leaders a ways into the 20 th century.

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56 In other words: It is not worth killing oneself for the sake of a meditative attainment, but if one has to weigh life against salvation, the latter does prevail. 5? It is, by the way, significant, that Harivarman himself cannot resist this argumentation. Therefore, he takes pains to explain how falling back from his meditative attainment prevented Godhika from gaining salvation while in this meditative state. 58 Thus ultimately even Harivarman's position amounts to saying that Godhika committed suicide for the sake of salvation.

Indian Mahayana Buddhism In order to discuss some of the attitudinal developments regarding suicide that took place in Mahayana Buddhism, once again the }ataka 66 I fail to understand the way in which Padmanabh S. Iaini deals with this story as well as with a similar one also taken from the Avadiinasataka. See Padmanabh S. Iaini, "Indian Perspectives on the Spirituality of Animals" in Collected Papers on Jaina Studies, ed. idem (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2000), 258-9. One may very well argue about why exactly the animals commit suicide but one cannot, without giving any reasons, simply ignore the very fact of voluntary fasting unto death, as Iaini does.

1999, Nr. 6 (Mainz: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur; Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 1999),41-5. II Vin III 82. 12 Peter Harvey has rightly suggested this. See Peter Harvey, An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 289-90. 13 Vin III 71, 16-28. D. dissertation 9 10 30 Views on Suicide in Buddhism: Some Remarks becomes improbable in view of the fact that even nonfatal suicide as such is nowhere in the Theravada vinaya treated as an offense. 15 Therefore, it seems that apart from the Buddha's criticism in one of the commentarial passages mentioned above suicide is not dealt with in a way that suggests its equation with murder.

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