Buddhist Culture

Is Buddhism a Violent Religion?

Learn about the Buddha's teachings on violence.


There are many news reports, stories, and postings on the internet regarding “Buddhist Violence” and “Buddhist Terror”.  However, there is no such thing as “Buddhist Violence” as Buddhism does not teach nor condone it.

Buddhism isn’t violent, human nature is.

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On Buddhanet, Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera explained:

The Buddha preached non-violence and peace as a universal message. He did not approve of violence or the destruction of life, and declared that there is no such thing as a ‘just’ war. He taught: ‘The victor breeds hatred, the defeated lives in misery. He who renounces both victory and defeat is happy and peaceful.’ Not only did the Buddha teach non-violence and peace, He was perhaps the first and only religious teacher who went to the battlefield personally to prevent the outbreak of a war. He diffused tension between the Sakyas and the Koliyas who were about to wage war over the waters of Rohini. He also dissuaded King Ajatasattu from attacking the Kingdom of the Vajjis.

Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

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