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Ananda Metteyya: The First British Emissary of Buddhism (Allan Bennett) (Used)

by Harris, Elizabeth J.

Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9789552401794, 9552401798


In 1908 a small Buddhist mission arrived in London from Burma headed by an ascetic monk named Ananda Mettayya. Unlike his companions Ananda Mettayya was not Burmese but English - he was born Allan Bennett and was the second Westerner ever to take the robe. 70 pages. Wheel no.420/422.

From the back cover: "[This booklet] …written with deep sensitivity, examines the life and thought of this Western Buddhist pioneer." The author, Elizabeth J. Harris, holds a doctorate in Buddhist studies from the U of Kelaniya and co-produced a BBC series on "The Path of the Buddha." In this work she describes the inspiring life of Ananda Metteyya "whose premature death at the age of fifty deprived British Buddhism of one of its most capable early spokesmen"; the 19th century British attitudes towards Buddhism; Ananda Metteyya’s interpretation of Buddhism; and Buddhism as social comment. The author writes clearly, simply, and powerfully of a worthy subject: "Ananda Metteyya’s emphasis on compassion as the highest force within the universe also echoes down the decades with considerable power. The very fact that Ananda Metteyya himself had to endure so much physical pain made him remarkably sensitive to the pain of others. Maybe he found that the only possible way to endure pain was to see it as part of cosmic pain, an insight which could well have transformed his personal pain into compassion for all. This unwavering emphasis on the importance of compassion should challenge us all."

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Grant, Kenneth

London: Starfire Publishing, 2016. Limited Edition. A new, enhanced edition of BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE, fully corrected by Michael Staley using Kenneth Grant's personal copy with his annotations. The volume has also been re-set, and includes a new index that should prove most useful. A FINE CLOTH COPY in illustrated dust jacket. Custom end papers. Colored frontispiece, and twenty-four page plate section with the majority of the images being in color. 324 pages, indexed. Octavo. This is the eighth,...

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The Blazing Dew of Stars The Blazing Dew of Stars
Smith, David Chaim
Fulgur Limited

London: Fulgur Limited, 2013. Limited to 1001 copies only. Square landscape folio. For those who have had the joy of handling and experiencing The Sacrificial Universe released last year, this new book will continue that fine tradition. The Blazing Dew of Stars is a complex mystical text which speaks with many voices to introduce the practice of Kabbalistic contemplative alchemy. The volume offers glimpses of a rare view of direct application and immersion into the Real, intertwini...

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The House of Owls The House of Owls
Angell, Tony
Yale University Press

For a quarter century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside their forest home. The journals the author recorded his observations in, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book a personal account of an artist-naturalist s life with owls. Angell s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do hunting, courting, raising families, and exercisi...

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Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
Allen, Lasara Firefox
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.

"Jailbreaking the Goddess is an important contribution to the writings on Goddess tradition and feminist spirituality. . . . I love her political savvy, her sensitivity around issues of diversity and cultural awareness and appropriation, and her unabashed celebration of pleasure, sensuality, and life!" -- Starhawk

Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physic...

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The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii
Honorius of Thebes
Ibis Press / Nicolas-Hayes

As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts have survived. Bits of its teachings, such as the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits, are alluded to in other texts. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate Seal of God, has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe.

Interest in The Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, yet no modern translations have been attemptedunt...

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