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Awakening of the West, The

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The Awakening of the West is a lively history of the West's encounters with Buddhism during the past 2,000 years.

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From Greek kings to nineteenth century adventurers; from Jesuit missionaries to twentieth century monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the West is filled with vivid personalities and intriguing stories. The Awakening of the West is destined to become a classic of religious history and essential reading for all who want to understand Buddhism in the West.


"Unlike Rick Fields, whose How the Swans Came to the Lake focuses on American Buddhism, ex-Buddhist monk Batchelor examines a broader canvas, surveying 2000 years of Western history. He finds but a handful of Europeans who were directly impressed by Buddhism; only during the last 150 years did any tangible awakening occur.

While erudite, Batchelor's coverage is diffuse and uneven. Thus, while his chapter on Russian Buddhism is a captivating study of Kalmucks, reincarnated lamas, Stalinist purges, and perestroikan revival, his dismissal of theosophist Helena Blavatsky and painter Nicholas Roerich as romantic fantasizers is questionable. Urging Western modifications of Buddhist practice, Batchelor downplays the guru factor that produced an unbroken lineage from Gautama Buddha."     ~Library Journal

"Stephen Batchelor's erudite and graceful book supplies a very important piece of the complex, intriguing puzzle that is the still-evolving encounter between East and West."       ~Rick Fields

Author Batchelor, Stephen
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 416 pp.
Publisher Parallax Press 1994
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