Thomas A. Tweed

Thomas A. Tweed holds the W. Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair in American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Author of The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent (1992) and editor of Buddhism in the United States, 1844-1925 (2004), Tweed currently serves as president of the American Society for the Study of Religion, and will become president-elect of the American Academy of Religion this fall.

Magazine History & Philosophy

The Original Ray

The United States produced its fair share of cranky religious characters throughout the 19th century, but the self-named Philangi Dasa was surely one of the most original. In 1887 he published The Buddhist Ray, the first Buddhist journal in the United States, and announced that it was “the first Buddhist baby born in Christendom.” Dasa vowed that […]

Helen Tworkov with Thomas A. Tweed
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