Colonel henry steel olcott [1832-1907] was the first western buddhist convert, probably since antiquity he co-founded the theosophical society and was its first president the only contributor to the 19th century southern buddhist revival who was born a protestant, olcott was able to promote eastern ideas to western society. Olcott new york, ok this feels like a job application so i'll drag this out to meet the 100 character requirement lol there's no substitute for real chemistry, so let's talk and see where it goes :. A buddhist catechism, according to the canon of the southern church, by henry s olcott approved, and recommended for use in buddhist schools by h sumangala olcott, henry steel, 1832-1907. The great american buddhist colonel olcott’s fourteen fundamental buddhist beliefs adyar oriental library olcott’s last message colonel olcott and the buddhist revival in sri lanka colonel henry steele olcott the great american buddhist by dr buddhadasa p kirthisinghe colonel olcott was an inspiring servant of mankind.
Col olcott made every endeavour to awaken the buddhist and to impress english rulers to prove that sinhalese are a great race, although he belonged to a different faith, he embraced buddhism and the sinhala people every sinhalese in the past, present and future are in indebted to him. 95 north 17th street st charles illinois 60174 search for: search search. On the second day of olcott’s arrival, a buddhist defense committee was formed and was decided olcott was to be the representative of the committee it was fruitful in many ways later, 1886, olcott returned again and supported the buddhist educational fund for the improvement of buddhist education in sri lanka. In his efforts to establish schools to educate buddhist children, col olcott was guided by great buddhist monks like hikkaduwe sri sumangala thera for the sole purpose of educating buddhist children, col olcott, with the aid of these monks and lay gentlemen, started, the buddhist theosophical society (bts) in 1880.
Olcott, henry steel olcott, henry steel colonel henry steel olcott (1832 – 1907) was the first american to formally convert to buddhism and a major contributor to the sinhalese buddhist revival in nineteenth-century ceylon (now sri lanka. Colonel olcott was a descendant of a family which had settled in america many generations earlier when the puritan, thomas olcott, came to this country his father, henry wyckoff olcott, and his mother, emily steel, were both of new york city he was born in orange, new jersey, on august 2, 1832, the eldest of six children. The smaller buddhist catechism may 22, 2016 / citydesert cw leadbeater the smaller buddhist catechism: approved and recommended for the instruction of buddhist children by h sumangala buddhist theosophical society, colombo, 1889 (two parts) 1902 (single volume. Colonel henry steel olcott (2 august 1832 – 17 february 1907) was an american military officer, journalist, lawyer and the co-founder and first president of the theosophical society olcott was the first well-known american of european ancestry to make a formal conversion to buddhism. Olcott solidified his role as a leader of the sinhalese buddhist revival in the wake of a tragic buddhist-christian riot that occurred on march 25, 1883, in kotahena, a catholic stronghold of colombo on that day a buddhist procession marched through the streets on the way to mohottivatte gunanandaâ€™s newly decorated monastery, the deepaduttama vihara, where a new buddha image was to be dedicated.
Colonel olcott & his russian lady friend a forthcoming book details many missing chapters in american history in this excerpt from occult america is the untold story of an enigmatic couple who changed the world. Fields' book gives the impression that olcott single-handedly revived buddhism in that country in 1888 he was invited to lecture on buddhism in japan and spoke to an estimated 187,000 people over three months. May 25th 1880 blavatsky and olcott 'took pansil' henry steel olcott, old diary leaves, volume 2, p 166,67,68, 69 [among theosophists it is well known that hp blavatsky and hs olcott took pansil, or the five buddhist precepts in ceylon (now sri lanka) while there on their first visit. Colonel henry steele olcott the great american buddhist by dr buddhadasa & p kirthisinghe c olonel olcott was an inspiring servant of mankind he lived in our age and dedicated the later years of his life to buddhism and the peoples of asia, particularly those of india and ceylon. Many think of buddhism as a tolerant religion, one that recognizes the value of all religious traditions in recent years, there have been growing numbers of buddhist-christian dialogues and buddhist-jewish dialogues.
Colonel olcott was an inspiring servant of mankind he lived in our age and dedicated the later years of his life to buddhism and the peoples of asia particularly those of india and sri lanka. Henry steel olcott (1832-1907) lived the first half of his life the way a respectable gentleman was expected to live in 19th century america he served as a union officer in the us civil war and then built a successful law practice and in the second half of his life he traveled to asia to promote and revive buddhism. Olcott made other crucial contributions to promote buddhism, such as designing the buddhist flag and petitioning colonial rulers in london to grant a holiday on wesak day, the most important religious day for the buddhists. A buddhist catechism by olcott, henry steel, 1832-1907 publication date 1908 topics buddhism publisher sri lanka : ministry of cultural affairs collection robarts toronto digitizing sponsor msn contributor robarts - university of toronto single page processed jp2 zip download. The matter has been grouped within five categories, viz: (1) the life of the buddha (2) the doctrine (3) the sangha, or monastic order (4) a brief history of buddhism, its councils and propaganda (5) some reconciliation of buddhism with science and there is a most enlightening appendix which give 14 fundamental buddhist beliefs that were universally accepted at the time.
An equally innovative and far-reaching effort of olcott was the identification of the fourteen fundamental buddhist beliefs which were compiled in 1891 and accepted by representatives of burma, sri lanka, chittagong, japan (nine sects) and later by the chief mongolian lamas. But olcott was again prescient: many later modern buddhists would attempt to reduce buddhism to a series of propositions olcott was also the first to try to unite the various buddhisms of asia into a single organization, an effort that bore fruit long after his death with the founding of the world fellowship of buddhists in 1950. Colonel olcott is known as one of america’s first buddhists, and an important contributor to both the indian renaissance and the sinhalese buddhist revival in colonial ceylon he was a culture broker, who focused on one hand in traditional sinhalese buddhism, and on the other, in liberal american protestantism. Disinterested historians describe henry steel olcott as the president-founder of the theosophical society, one of america's first buddhists, and an important contributor to both the indian renaissance in india and the sinhalese buddhist revival in ceylon (now sri lanka.