A Buddhist students' manual. by Christmas Humphreys

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After a reading from the Voice of the Silence, which the Anagarika had described in his first letter to me as "a pure Buddhist work," we took Pansil, and I ontlined the position of Buddhism in England at that time. As my diary reads : "W anted : a personality. The Anagarika having worked for forty years was coming to us for two. Wc awaited his requirements. He spoke at length. . , to carry out engagements there before returning for two years to England. He wrote to me fre­ quently about his plans.

The position of the Liverpool Branch was embarrassing. Morally bound to support a helpless invalid, none of its four leaders was a person of ample means. Mrs. Greenly, by immense correspondence with members and friends of the Society, raised a fund to keep the ex-Bhikkhu, and later a public appeal in the Review raised a further sum. By this means he was kept for nine more years in England, until he died in 1923. T he W ar The effects of the outbreak of war were complex. There was the inevitable difference of opinion about the Buddhist's THE DEVELOPMENT OF BUDDHISM IN ENGLAND 45 attitude to war.

A n a n d a Me t t e y a R e t u r n s In May, 1914, took place one of the saddest episodes in the fifty years of this brief History. The operation performed on Ananda M etteya had proved of no avail, and his health was by now deplorable. The only hope seemed a long holiday in a better climate than Rangoon, and as he had a sister in 44 A BUDDHIST S T U D E N T S ’ MANUAL California it was arranged that he should visit her without delay. As she was shortly coming to England it was arranged that they should meet in Liverpool, whence they could travel together to California.

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