Barbara Crossette

Barbara Crossette a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, is the author of So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas (Knopf, 1995).

IdeasMagazine | Ancestors


Few disciples were as important as Sanghamitta in the early history of Buddhism. As a young nun, Sanghamitta fearlessly set sail from India to Sri Lanka, where she helped establish Theravada Buddhism.

By Barbara Crossette

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