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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

Description

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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