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Blood That Cries Out From the EarthThe Psychology of Religious Terrorism$
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James Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335972.001.0001

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Violence and Terrorism in Japanese Buddhism

Blood That Cries Out From the Earth

Jones James W

Oxford University Press

“Aum Shinrikyo: Violence and Religion in Japanese Buddhism.” This chapter traces the movement of Aum Shinrikyo from a yoga and meditation center, indistinguishable from countless other New Age centers in Japan and North America, to a cult that released deadly nerve gas in a Tokyo subway. Various avenues of explanation for this transition are explored, and Aum is compared with other religiously motivated terrorist groups. Aum’s roots in Japanese religion, especially Buddhism, are discussed, and the idea of Buddhism as a purely nonviolent religion is critiqued.

Keywords:   Aum Shinrikyo, Asahara, Buddhism and violence, Japanese religion, Tibetan Buddhism

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