By Theodore Shoebat
True Buddhists want to ban Christianity. It is of the nature of Buddhism to conquer and kill those who go against its doctrines.
In the Natahall village of Laos, government authorities have actually “acted to ban the Christian faith from the village and expulse residents who are Christians”. In March 11, officials of the village mocked and attempted to coerce through scoffing the Christians into their Faith.
In September of last year three Christians in Laos were arrested before meeting a delegation of Korean missionaries. And in June, the Phin District military command discharged two men from active duty upon discovering that they had converted to Christianity.
This is just another evidence as to what we at Shoebat.com have been saying: Buddhism is not a religion of peace. There is an image, a perception really, of Buddhism, that it is merely a peaceful means to spirituality. In the words of Elverskog, “the image of Buddhism as the perfect spirituality for the modern age is also a Western fantasy, or construction, of the nineteenth century.” (1)
The modern view of Buddhism is just that, a fantasy. As I have written in my earlier article on Buddhism:
The reality is that Buddhism is just as violent, just as tyrannical, just as dangerous, and just as demonic, as Islam.
People may not realize this reality, but they will in the future, once Japan rises to a great threat, at a universal level, and the political Buddhist party, New Komeito, shows its true colors to their fullest.
In 1937, when the actualities of the Second World War were looming and on the verge of manifesting, interest, discussion and writings on Zen Buddhism increased, and its influence was most definitely involved in the conquering and warring spirit in Japan. (2)
Just one month before Pearl Harbor, on November 10, 1941, the very popular and authoritative Buddhist writer, who is called the foremost exponent of Zen Buddhism in the West, joined hands with Japanese military leaders general Araki Sadao, navy captain Hirose Yutaka, and others, and published a book together in which they wrote that Bushido, or the Buddhist philosophy of the Samurai, was the system that was truly pushing Japan into its great state of power:
It is Bushido that is truly the driving force behind the development of our nation. In the future, it must be the fundamental power associated with the great undertaking of developing Asia, the importance of which to world history is increasing day by day. (3)
Buddhism is antagonistic toward Christianity. Hirai Kinzo, a 20th century Buddhist writer, in his book The Real Position of Japan Toward Christianity, calls for the outright banning of Christianity from Japan. (4) And the Buddhist authority Ryōgen said in the year 975:
If we left the bows in their sheaths and neglected the arrows, we would not be ensuring the duration of the Real Law [of Buddhism]. (5)
This Buddhist mindset of warfare is being advanced over Christians in countries like Sri Lanka, Laos, and Bhutan, and it will only accentuate with the rise of Japan.
This may all sound strange now, but at one point in time, it was unusual to hear someone warn about the dangers of Islam, until 9/11 happened.
As a side note, we are working constantly to save persecuted Christians in Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria. I ask you to please donate to save Christian lives in these Muslim dominated countries.
(1) Elverskog, Buddhism and Islam, introduction, p. 3
(2) See Brian Victoria, Zen at War, ch. 8, p. 102
(3) Handa, Bushido no Shinzui, p. 1, in Brian Victoria, Zen at War, ch. 8, p. 111, see also p. 110
(4) Ibid, ch. 2, p. 16
(5) Keishin, Jie daishi den (around 1469), as cited in Heki, Nihon sohei kenkyu, 20-21, quoted by Paul Demieville, Buddhism and War, trans. Michelle Kendall, published in Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer, Buddhist Warfare, p. 40, brackets mine