The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-29
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Denounced by the New York Times as an "unmitigated rascal" while simultaneously being lauded as a reincarnation of Gautama Buddha himself, Henry Steel Olcott (1832--1907) was friend to Madame Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, and an indefatigable reformer and culture broker between East and West. Olcott helped bring about a new spiritual creation, "Protestant Buddhism," a creative creolization of American Protestantism, traditional Theravada Buddhism, and other influences. Stephen Prothero's portrait of Olcott is an engaging study of spiritual quest and cross-cultural encounters.

Author Biography

Stephen Prothero is Professor of Religion at Boston University. His books include Religious Literacy: what Every American Needs to Know-and Doesn't, which won a 2007 Quill Book Award; American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon; Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (with Thomas A. Tweed); and Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Universal Reformerp. 14
From Spiritualism to Theosophyp. 38
An Errand to Asiap. 62
The Sinhalese Buddhist Revivalp. 85
A United Buddhist Worldp. 116
The Indian Renaissancep. 134
Things Fall Apartp. 156
Conclusionp. 173
Abbreviationsp. 183
Notesp. 185
Selected Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 234
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