Can Buddhism Be Violent?

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Known as pacifists, Buddhists violent acts against the Rohingya minority are contradicting their teachings. So, we were wondering, can Buddhism be violent?

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Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22356306
“Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion.”

The Buddhist Center: Buddhism for today
https://thebuddhistcentre.com/text/ethics
“To live is to act, and our actions can have either harmful or beneficial consequences for oneself and others.”

Buddhism and war
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/buddhistethics/war.shtml
“Non-violence is at the heart of Buddhist thinking and behaviour. ”

Aum Shinrikyo
http://www.cfr.org/japan/aum-shinrikyo/p9238
“Aum Shinrikyo, which is also known as Aum and Aleph, is a Japanese cult that combines tenets from Buddhism, Hinduism, and is obsessed with the apocalypse. ”

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