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Blavatsky had founded it to proclaim. Having made this tardy discovery I left the Society, but I am yet unshaken in my view that the Theosophy of H. P. Blavatsky is an exposition of an Ancient Wisdom-Religion which antedates all known religions, and that Buddhism is the noblest and least-defiled of the many branches of the undying parent tree. I m ust apologize for this personal digression, but in the history of any movement it will be found th at the appearance of a new leader involves to iome extent the introduction of the principles which form his character, and the part I have 52 THE DEVELOPMENT OP BUDDHISM IN ENGLAND 53 played in the Buddhist movement in this country can never be divorced from the Theosophical background against which I stand.

J . F. M ’K e c h n ie In the first issue was an article on Nibbana, written by Ananda Metteya, the Editor, which caught the attention in England of one J. F. M'Kechnie. " I t seemed to me couched in a fine style of English and moderate, rational, clear and convincing in its argument. 'It hit me where I Jived,' to use an expressive Americanism". J. F. M’Kechnie was then a young man who had been brought up in Scotland by a Scots uncle and aunt, the latter being of evangelical tendencies. But the Christian Herald failed to satisfy this independent mind, and when, having sampled various brands of Christianity, from the Plymouth Brethren to the Society of Friends, and having ranged through the whole field of comparative religion he chanced to read a copy of Buddhism, he was mentally ripe to answer an appeal for a sub-editor from England.

The scheme of decoration was delightful, th at of the shrine room being carried out by the firm of Liberty's under the personal direction of Dr. W. A. de Silva. There was plenty of room for all requirements, and the drawing room, used as a lecture room, would hold a hundred persons comfortably. There was even room on the top floor for a Bhikkhu, and efforts were made to bring the Bhikkhu Silacara to England for a while to give the Society's work a fresh impetus. Differences arose in the Council as to the use to which the house should be put when the Society was not using it.

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