Thomas A. Tweed

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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