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Zen At War  
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Zen at War Second edition cover.
Author Brian Daizen Victoria
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre(s) Zen Buddhism/Japanese history
Publisher Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication date 2006 (2nd Ed.)
Media type Print (Hardcover)
ISBN 074253927X
OCLC Number 66463758
Dewey Decimal 294.3/927095209034 22
LC Classification BQ9262.9.J3 V54 2006

Zen at War is a book written by Brian Daizen Victoria, first published in 2002. The second edition appeared in 2006. The book focuses on the history of Zen Buddhism and Japanese militarism from the time of the Meiji Restoration through the Second World War and the post-War period. It describes the influence of state policy on Japanese Buddhism, and particularly the influence of Zen philosophy on the Japanese military.

The book also explores the actions of Japanese Buddhists who opposed the growth of militarism. The 2002 edition of Zen at War was followed by Zen War Stories, which further explores the intimate relationship between Japanese institutional Buddhism and militarism during World War II.

The author, Brian Victoria, trained at the Sôtô Zen monastery of Eiheiji and is a fully ordained priest in the Sôtô sect. He received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the Department of Religion at Temple University and his M.A. from Sôtô-affiliated Komazawa University in Tokyo, where he also majored in Buddhist Studies. He has taught Japanese language and culture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University, and Bucknell University in the United States and lectured in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Auckland. He was a Senior Lecturer in Centre in Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.[1] He has also been Yehan Numata Distinguished Visiting Professor, Buddhist Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Honolulu.

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