As a General in the Buddha’s army of the Sangha, I have taken the opportunity to write an 11,700 word essay titled The Buddha and Modern Warfare. It is the final essay for a slim book entitled The Political Buddha. I have drawn on some of the discourses of the Buddha where he addresses war. Here is the first half of the essay (6200 words) beginning with the Buddha’s views on suffering through conflict. Second half of the essay is in the next blog.