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Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in London, May 2010

April 28, 2010

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This May London will be blessed by the presence of the great Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, who has been invited by the Dzogchen Community. The teachings will take place at the Camden Centre over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend May 28-31. Dzogchen Teachings: The Three Statements of Garab Dorje “Dzogchen is the direct approach […]

Ananda Metteyya – the first to bring the “living force” of Buddhism to Britain

April 25, 2010

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Ananda Metteyya (Charles Henry Allan Bennett) (1872 – 1923) Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya, born Charles Henry Allan Bennett, was a key figure in the introduction of Buddhist practice to the UK, and the second Englishman to become a Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition, not an insignificant event in Buddhism’s history (the first was Gordon Douglas […]

Blogging the history of Buddhism’s transmission in the UK

April 23, 2010

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In this blog I aim to collate and present a number of articles and reflections concerning the transmission of Buddhism in the UK from its introduction in the early 20th Century up to the present day. The 2001 census identified 152,000 people who identified themselves as Buddhists, of which 66,500 were born in the UK. […]

The Awakening of the West

April 21, 2010

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As a fitting first post, I would like to draw readers’ attention to this fantastic book and classic of religious history: “The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture” by Stephen Batchelor (1994, Parallax Press). From Greek kings to nineteenth-century adventurers, from missionaries to monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the […]