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- Aug 19, 2008
Japanese militarism was primarily born out their Shinto beliefs, not Buddhist. Emperor- and ancestor-worship is a uniquely Shinto belief, not Buddhist, as is Japanese racism and the bushido code.Agree with your post, although why would you want to believe in Buddhism? It's the same 'don't question this' crap that every religion is based upon. I think that many people give Buddhism a free ride because they don't believe that it has caused any problems. Well, Japan in World War II carried out some pretty atrocious crimes. Also, they seem to love the totalitarianism - what with the Dalai Lama and what not...
True, the Dalai Lama before his exile was yet another theocratic dictator in Tibet. But keep it in perspective. A single theocratic dictator for Buddhism, compared with the dozens that exist for most other belief systems, is a damned good effort.
Although events on Ceylon may soon make the count go up.