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1. Title Title of document The Formative Years - The Life of Allan Bennett, Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Elizabeth Harris; Liverpool Hope University; United Kingdom
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country John Crow; Florida State University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Allan Bennett; Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya; Buddhism in the West; Buddhism in the UK; Alistair Crowley; The Wisdom of the Aryas; The Religion of Burma and Other Papers; occult; The Buddhist Society; spread of Buddhism
6. Description Abstract Chapter One covers Allan Bennett’s life from his birth in 1872 to his departure from England for colonial Ceylon either at the end of 1899 or the beginning of 1900. It examines what his early years were like, when he lived with the support of his grandfather, who was employed in the arts as a theatrical manager, and the more difficult years, after the death of his grandparents and mother. From that point forward, Bennett depended on the support of his sister, while also taking every educational and employment opportunity presented to him. These opportunities, however, were limited by his poverty and poor health. It was during this period that he encountered both Buddhism and occultism. The first group he engaged with was the Theosophical Society, and, through it, he was introduced to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult initiatory organisation, whose members practised ceremonial magic. In 1899, he met Aleister Crowley through the Golden Dawn. Bennett began teaching Crowley the art and science of ceremonial magic and Crowley gave Bennett a place to live. The relationship continued until the Golden Dawn in London began to deteriorate. Crowley facilitated Bennett’s journey to Ceylon.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Mar-2025
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.36332
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Life of Allan Bennett, Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya
16. Language English=en en
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