A Buddhist students' manual. by Christmas Humphreys

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During the time of H. P. B. British Theosophists went to Ceylon and worked with the Buddhists. " It is therefore clear that the Anagarika came as a Buddhist Thcosophist appealing to Buddhist Theosophists, and it was therefore appropriate that his first appearance on English soil should be under the auspices of the Lodge. Not since Ananda Metteya's arrival in April, 1908, had a Buddhist missionary landed on English soil, and the date of this meeting, September 27th, is justly memorable. Besides the three Buddhist societies, members of the United Lodge of Thensophists and the Blavatsky Association were present, and the Press arrived in force.

P. B. l, and as we could not afford to keep two rooms, and we hoped any day to hear of some large house being taken for our joint work with the Anagarika, we gave up the Shrine Room at 78 Lancaster Gate, and moved it bodily to H art Street, putting up a curtain to veil the Shrine while meetings were being held. We shared 62 A B U DD HIST STUD EN TS' MANUAL this room with the Judge Lodge of the Theosophical Society, their views on current Theosophy being kindred to ours, for we had many members in common.

Olcott, the Founders of the Theosophical Society, and four years later joined the Society. Upon the express advice of "H . P. ,*' he took up the study of Pali, and, renouncing the householder's life, spent the remainder of his days in the revival and spread of the Dhamma in the East and West. " In 1891, the year of Mmc. Blavatsky's death, he visited Buddha Gaya, the famous site of Buddhist pilgrimage, and straightway resolved to agitate for its return to purely Buddhist hands. To this end he founded in Calcutta the Maha Bodhi Society which, founded on May 31st, 1891, is the oldest existing Buddhist Society.

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