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1. Title Title of document Allan Bennett in Colonial Ceylon - 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 Two examines Bennett’s brief but important time in Ceylon, when he explored both Buddhism and Śaivism, opting in the end for Buddhism. Bennett arrived at the beginning of 1900 and almost immediately travelled from Colombo to the south of the island to study Pali and Buddhism at a vihāra (Buddhist monastery/temple) in Kamburugamuwa. After about six months, he returned to Colombo, where he then studied yogic practices under a Hindu politician and Śaivite teacher, who was becoming internationally known, Ponnambalam Ramanathan (1851-1930). In July 1901, he delivered a lecture on Buddhism at a Theosophical Society lodge in Colombo. Shortly afterwards, he travelled to other parts of the island with Aleister Crowley, and then to colonial Burma for ordination as a Buddhist monk. This chapter demonstrates that Bennett’s path towards ordination passed through Hindu yoga, meditation and ritual.
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.36333
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Life of Allan Bennett, Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya
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