kirtu wrote:shaunc wrote:Just out of interest. Could someone name me a mainstream religion that has not had practitioners involved in war time atrocities. I'd be very interested in learning more about it.
That's not the issue. The issue was that high lamas were seemingly unable to keep their putative followers from committing war and murder in their name. And secondly some lamas who were supposed to know better also took part.
However, Jains have not (to my knowledge) waged war. This is not the question you framed however.
Overall a better history of Tibet and Central Asia is badly needed in part to address these questions.
There are like 5 million Jains or something left in the world, and as far as I know, Jainism has never been a state religion on a large scale, has it? I know there were Jain rulers in some places at one time though. Sort of hard to compare a thing like that.