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If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence

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It is said that the famous ninth century Chinese Buddhist monk Linji Yixuan told his disciples, If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. The deliberately confounding statement is meant to shock people out of complacent ways of thinking. But beyond the purposeful jolt from complacency there is another intention. This axiom suggests that, for liberation, one should seek the Buddha nature that resides within, rather than a mere Buddha exterior. The metaphor of killing the Buddha dislodges a person from the illusion that ...

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If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence
2018, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780190683566

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