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    Busting the Myth of Peacenik Buddhists

    Not all truths are noble. For one, Buddhists aren’t as inherently nonviolent as pop culture tells us. A romanticized, Western perception of this belief system has blinded many to belligerence in the name of the faith. Whether realized in the bloody, monk-led revolt of sixth-century China or the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in modern-day Myanmar, history is littered with Buddhists’ violent reactions to perceived threats. As fear of Islamization spreads across Asia, those who equate Buddhism with peace are likely to hear more news that could shatter their preconceptions.

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