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Modernity and the Discourse of Scientific Buddhism

David L. McMahan

in The Making of Buddhist Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195183276
eISBN:
9780199870882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183276.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter shows, with attention to the social, political, and polemical contexts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the ways Buddhists and Buddhist sympathizers attempted to align Buddhism ... More


The Lion's Roar: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Making of Modern Buddhism

Sarath Amunugama

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780199489060
eISBN:
9780199096169
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199489060.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion, Asian History

Anagarika Dharmapala was one of the most prominent public figures in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon). This book goes into a detailed exploration of ... More


Dharmapala as Theosophist

Steven Kemper

in Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226199078
eISBN:
9780226199108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226199108.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Theosophical Society was a late 19th century affective community that brought together people who were unlikely to meet under other circumstances. Theosophical branches overcame the centrifugal ... More


Buddhists in Japan

Steven Kemper

in Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226199078
eISBN:
9780226199108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226199108.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Meiji Buddhists invited Olcott to Japan, and Dharmapala followed after. The Japanese wanted Olcott to show them ways to resist Christian missionizing, and he insisted that the first step was bringing ... More


Astral Ethics

J. Barton Scott

in Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226368672
eISBN:
9780226368702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226368702.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter interprets texts by Helena Blavatsky and other members of the Theosophical Society, an occultist organization that was prominent in both India and Britain in the late nineteenth century. ... More


Interlude: The Wizard and The Grand Lady

Jeffrey J. Noonan

in The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110188
eISBN:
9781604733020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110188.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the role of Vahdah Olcott-Bickford and William Foden in the history of guitar in America. It explains that Olcott-Bickford was considered the Grand Lady of the Guitar and ... More


Theosophies: West Meets East

Gananath Obeyesekere

in The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153621
eISBN:
9780231527309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153621.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores the conflict between Enlightenment rationality and religion, which was reflected in the two major founding figures of the Theosophical Society: Colonel Henry Steel Olcott who ... More


Theosophy in the Bengal Renaissance

K. Paul Johnson

in Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780190853884
eISBN:
9780190853914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190853884.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores the Theosophical Society’s association with the Bengal Renaissance in India, which is a significant, yet quite unexplored, dimension of both movements. The chapter traces the ... More


The Marriage between the Theosophical Society and the Arya Samaj

Erik Reenberg Sand

in Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780190853884
eISBN:
9780190853914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190853884.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores the relationship between the Theosophical Society and the Indian Arya Samaj during the period between 1878 and 1882. While some of the overall details of these events are well ... More


Buddhists Awake!

Sarath Amunugama

in The Lion’s Roar: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Making of Modern Buddhism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780199489060
eISBN:
9780199096169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199489060.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion, Asian History

This chapter provides a synopsis of Dharmapala’s early career. He perceived his mission to be the restoration of Buddhism in its place of birth, India, and the refashioning of its practice in Sri ... More


‘Peacocks in the Rain’: Early Phase of the Buddhist Revival

Sarath Amunugama

in The Lion's Roar: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Making of Modern Buddhism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780199489060
eISBN:
9780199096169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199489060.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion, Asian History

This chapter relates the first involvement of the American theosophists with the Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka and subsequent developments. The theosophists, having become aware of the Buddhist ... More


Blavatsky and Reincarnation

Julie Chajes

in Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190909130
eISBN:
9780190909161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909130.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 1 introduces Helena Blavatsky and explains her importance. It gives an account of her ancestry, childhood, education, religious background, and character, her early marriage to Nikifor ... More


An Old Story in a New Dress: The Emerging Playwright

Ellen M. Peck

in Sweet Mystery: The Musical Works of Rida Johnson Young

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190873585
eISBN:
9780190873615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190873585.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter introduces Rida Johnson’s early life in Baltimore, her marriage to actor James Young, and the beginning of her playwriting career. After moving to New York at age eighteen, she started ... More


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