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Rhys Davids and others, and a high standard of writing both of subject and form was kept up for many years. Within a few months contributions began to arrive from all over the world, and within a year we find articles by Dr. Suzuki from Japan, the Bhikkhu Silacara from Burma and from a lady who later became the famous Tibetan explorer, Mme. David-Neel. As early as the second issue we find news of the Anagarika Dharmapala THE DEVELOPMENT OF BUDDHISM IN ENGLAND 41 from Ceylon, and a few months later he contributes a long article on Buddhism.

March. The first issue, which consisted of thirteen pages of foolscap, assembled and pinned together by hand, was published on October 5th, 1925. It appeared at monthly intervals, six in all, until March, 1926, and then blossomed out in print as Buddhism in England. From its earliest THE DEVELOPMENT OF BUDDHISM IN ENGLAND 59 appearance as a few clipped-together sheets of none too legible type it was taken seriously by old-established Buddhist and Theosophical Magazines. The first issue contained an article on the relationship between Buddhism and Theosophy, our Bye-Laws (solemnly compiled and passed but long since forgotten), the beginnings of a Bibliography of Buddhist books, and a report of a meeting which forms a landmark in the history of Western Buddhism.

The interest of the Lodge has been focused on producing Buddliists, unafraid to style themselves as such, rather tlum on making known the finer points of Buddhism. Members have joined the Lodge because they wished to tread the Buddhist Way, and many are content to imbibe of its principles only so much at a time as they find they are able to apply to the daily round. W e s a k 1925 On May 8th, 1925, the festival of Wesak was jointly cele­ brated at the Essex Hall by the Buddhist Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Buddhist League and the Buddhist Lodge, when some hundred and fifty people listened to no less than ten speakers.

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