A Buddhist students' manual. by Christmas Humphreys

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This last sentence must not be forgotten when we come to consider the best method 40 A BUDDHIST ST U D E N T S ’ MANUAL shown by England. T he Shop is experience of spreading Buddhism in C lo se d Meanwhile, in September, the shop at Bury Street had come to an end. At least one pamphlet was published from that address, A n Outline of Buddhism by Ananda Metteya, being a lecture he delivered at the Royal Asiatic Society in May, 1908, and of course a large number of books and pam ph­ lets were sold.

The audience varied from twenty-five to fifty in these early days, and the meetings were remarkable for the tolerance of opinion, both of Christian opponents and of differing Buddhist points of view. Appeals to the Society for a lecturer to address some other organization were more often than not answered by Dr. Greenly, whose adventures were amusing and various. His audiences, he writes, included "Agnostics, Theosophists, and members of various Christian Churches, some being Roman Catholics," and he had plenty of hecklers.

The first issue contained seventy pages of material, including articles by the President, the Editor, Ananda Metteya, Francis Payne, E. J. Mills, Howell Smith, Mrs. Rhys Davids and others, and a high standard of writing both of subject and form was kept up for many years. Within a few months contributions began to arrive from all over the world, and within a year we find articles by Dr. Suzuki from Japan, the Bhikkhu Silacara from Burma and from a lady who later became the famous Tibetan explorer, Mme.

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