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Elizabeth Harris: Ananda Metteyya: The First British Emissary of Buddhism

Elizabeth Harris: Ananda Metteyya: The First British Emissary of Buddhism

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On the first British Buddhist monk who returned to Britain from Asia.
On the first British Buddhist monk who returned to Britain from Asia.

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Ānanda Metteyya
The First British Emissaryof Buddhism
 by
Elizabeth J. Harris
Buddhist Publication SocietyKandy • Sri Lanka
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Contents
Pre2a)e. 'he irst Buddhist ission to Britain..............................................................................................Chapter 1. :nanda etteyya/ ; edi)ated <i2e...........................................................................................$'he Sear)h 2or 'ruth................................................................................................................................!In Sri <an4a...............................................................................................................................................&In Bur5a....................................................................................................................................................8'he ission to England........................................................................................................................1%=ears o2 Crisis.........................................................................................................................................11Chapter #. 19th Century British ;ttitudes to Buddhis5...........................................................................1$Chapter . :nanda etteyya>s Interpretation o2 Buddhis5....................................................................1&; Su22ering (orld..................................................................................................................................1&'he Buddha.............................................................................................................................................18'he Path...................................................................................................................................................#%ibb?na@Inalienable Pea)e.................................................................................................................#orality and editation.......................................................................................................................#!Chapter $. Buddhis5 as So)ial Co55ent...................................................................................................#8Hope through S)ien)e...........................................................................................................................%; essage 2or 'odayA...........................................................................................................................# Journals uoted...............................................................................................................................................!
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Preface
The First Buddhist Mission to Britain
In ;pril 19%8 a s5all Buddhist 5ission arri7ed in <ondon 2ro5 Bur5a6 headed by a tall6 lean6 as)eti) loo4ing 5on4 na5ed :nanda etteyya. nli4e his )o5panions6 :nanda etteyya 3as not Bur5ese  but British@the se)ond (esterner6 in 2a)t6 e7er to ta4e the sa22ron robe. Born in <ondon 3ith the na5e ;llan Bennett6 trained as an analyti) )he5ist6 he had been dra3n by an intense spiritual thirst to the tea)hings o2 the Buddha6 and in 19%16 in Bur5a6 he had entered the order o2 Buddhist 5on4s. ;lthough the 5ission did not 2ul2il its intended purpose6 :nanda etteyya>s eloDuent 3ritings and sel2less e22orts so3ed the seeds that 3ould gradually bear 2ruit in the gro3th o2 Buddhis5 in the (est.'he present study6 3ritten 3ith deep sensiti7ity6 ea5ines the li2e and thought o2 this (estern Buddhist pioneer6 3hose pre5ature death at the age o2 2i2ty depri7ed British Buddhis5 o2 one o2 its 5ost )apable early spo4es5en. 'he author not only dis)usses :nanda etteyya>s thought in its o3n histori)al )ontet but also inDuires into its rele7an)e to us today.Elizabeth J. Harris is Se)retary 2or InterF2aith Gelations 2or 'he ethodist Chur)h in <ondon. She holds a do)torate in Buddhist studies 2ro5 the ni7ersity o2 elaniya and )oFprodu)ed the re)ent BBC series6 'he Path o2 the Buddha.BPS Editor

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