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62372Anagarika Dharmapala -Greatest Sri Lankan of the 19/20 centuries

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  • .:.MKR777
    Aug 26, 2014
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      Anagarika Dharmapala, single handedly was responsible for bringing Buddhism to the West. He was, for several years, private secretary of Olcott. Here is an excellent writeup of Dharmapala and his accomplishments.

      In addition to his devotion to Lord Buddha and his philosophy, there are two key factors which helped him to achieve what he did. Firstly, he had great oratorical skills and we are reminded of Annie Besant who was a great orator and TS expanded during her leadership. Secondly, impeccable honest in monetary dealings which enabled him to raise large sums of money for many of  the projects he was involved. His handling of money was transparent as can be seen from the following quote:

      Dharmapala’s diary notes show that though he dealt with lots of money, he spent them thriftily and very carefully. Dharmapala was 100% honest in financial affairs. Dharmapala valued the financial donations he received and accounted for every cent. This is why people like Mrs Foster Robinson continued to fund him. Obviously his opponents, who were jealous of his money raising and contact making ability and the enormous standing he had in the community; attacked him from left, right and centre.

      Here is the link to the full write-up:

      http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/08/26/anagarika-dharmapala-greatest-sri-lankan-of-the-1920-centuries/


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