Taixu on Aryan Buddhism

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    From Buddhism and Science by Donald S. Lopez:

    The more important event of 1937, however, occurred not in Hitler’s Germany but in Taixu’s China, when Japanese forces invaded on July 7. Beijing fell three weeks later. It appears likely that it was this event, more than any particular attraction to Nazi ideology, that motivated Taixu’s letter, written two months after the Japanese invasion had begun.

    Taixu opens the letter with an appeal to the term Aryan, a term central to both Buddhism and Nazism. He next declares that Europe has science but it does not have religion, or, at least, it does not have the right religion. Europe requires a religion that is compatible with science, a scientific religion, and that religion is Buddhism. Furthermore, the most appropriate Europeans to adopt Buddhism are the Germans. The Aryan people are naturally suited to the Aryan religion. The purpose of this conversion, or perhaps return, however, is not simply to restore the natural order. The Indians and Chinese (and it is noteworthy that he does not mention the Japanese), custodians of Buddhism for centuries, are constitutionally incapable of fully appreciating it. The solution, then, was for Europe to convert to Buddhism and then missionize Asia.

    Taixu’s bizarre dream, or so it seems, was for European Buddhist missionaries to proselytize the elites of China and India. He, an Asian Buddhist, would spread the dharma in Europe (or at least answer Hitler’s questions) in order that German Buddhists could spread the dharma among Asians.
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    "Although in ancient times the West had the Universal Love of Christianity, because of the incompatibility of its mythology with modern science, those who set out to destroy superstition no longer consider it worthy of mention. With faith in Christianity already lost, it will prove difficult to set up its authority once again. In the East, Confucianism and the teachings of Mencius contain much that is good, but because they speak in terms of imperial government, now hated and rejected, there is a mutual antagonism between those teachings and the present popularism. None of the aforementioned religions can respond adequately to the thought and needs of present-day man. Only Buddhism has a compassion which is bestowed equally and without favour, and only Buddhism has a teaching which is intellectually satisfying. If the truth of Buddhism can be accepted by faith and become infused with the compassion of Buddha then mankind will have an opportunity for resurrection."
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    "People in Europe and America today are not happy, obviously because their lives are ordered by science alone, which offers no answers to questions concerning religious issues. They are in need of religion. Now, most religions stand in contradiction to natural science; only Buddhism has fully absorbed its insights, indeed surpassing them. Thus Buddhism is destined to become the religion of the peoples of Europe and America."
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