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INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST SOCIETY.
President of the Council.
Executive. Bhikkhu ANANDA METTEYYA, Director. J. F. M'KECHNIE, Esq., Supdt. MAUNG THAW, Burmese Hon. Secy. Dr. E. R. Rost, Chief Secretary. DR. PO HLA, Assistant Hon. Secy. MRS. M. M. HLA OUNG, Hon: Treas. | Maung Tsain, Legal Adviser.
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INFORMATION FOR ENQUIRERS. The Buddhasāsana Samāgama or International Buddhist Society is an Associa.
tion having for its objects the extension of the knowledge of Objeot.
the tenets of Buddhism, and the promotion of the study of Pāli,
a language allied to Sanskrit, in which the Buddhist Scrip. tures were originally written. The chief work of the Society consists in publishing works on Buddhism, which
are sent gratis to all Members, and are on sale to the general Publloations. public at the places shewn on page ii of this Prospectus. A list
of the Society's Publications up to date, with a short review of each, is given at the end of this Prospectus. Membership of the Society is eclectic, and does not imply that the holder of
such Membership is a Buddhist, but only that he or she is inEclecticism. terested in some branch of the Society's work. It is the belief
of the promoters of this Society that an extension of the system of ethics and philosophy known as Buddhism will prove a remedy for many of the evils of the present age. The teachings of Buddhism being against the taking of
life, their general acceptance would involve the substitution of Attitude of Bud. arbitration for war, of imprisonment for capital punishment, dhism towards and the abolition of the slaughter of animals—a practice as questions of the day.
degrading to those employed in it as it is cruel to helpless
creatures. The ethical system of Buddhism further prohibits the use of intoxicating liquors or drugs, one of the chief curses of this age,-the use of Alcohol alone being responsible for over 25 per cent. of lunatics in the asylums,to say nothing of its effects on the descendants of those afflicted by this deadly habit. Buddhism, again, is the sole great Religion of the world which places men and women on the same footing, many of the great disciples of the Buddha were women, and in Burma, where Buddhism is the dominant factor of the national life, women have more freedom than in any other country in the world. The spread of Buddhist tenets would undoubtedly tend to do away with the injurious distinctions of sex that prevail in the West.
In its more philosophic aspects, Buddhism exhibits, together with an agnosticism singularly in accordance with the more advanced phases of modern thought, a system
of mental training, by the practise of meditation, which, were Psychology and the it more generally known and followed, would be of the greatest
practice of Meditation.
value to mankind. In this direction much remains to be done,
for of the large collection of philosophic treatises (called Abhidhamma in Pāli) only one (see Buddhist Psychology, by Mrs. Rhys Davids, in our Bibliography) has been translated. This Society hopes to be able to promote the translation of much of the untranslated portion of Abhidhamma, and thus to open for the world a mine of interest to the psychologist, the natural philosopher, and those in. terested in the practice of mental training by means of the concentration of mind. These subjects will be dealt with by competent authors in future Publications ;
and as far as the Society's means will permit, it is intended to Method of promot send copies of these Publications free to Public Libraries and ing these views.
similar Institutions, in order to bring the system called Bud
dhism—which is generally most condemned by those most ignorant of its tenets-fairly before the reading public. Librarians of such Institutions, who are willing to place our Publications where they will be read by the gene. çal Public, should apply for copies to the Honorary Secretary.
The Entrance Fee to the Society is ten shillings, the Annual Subscription one
pound sterling, or the equivalent, payable in advance. All subSubscriptions. scriptions and donations, except when otherwise appointed by
the donors, are applied to the production of literary work. With the present small Membership of the Society, not very much can be done in the way of issuing large numbers of publications; but before long, we hope to be in a position to give to each Member full value for his annual subscription; and, later, if we receive fair support, even more than the face value of the Publications he or she will receive during the course of one year.
“ BUDDHISM.” The principal work of the Society is its Illustrated Quarterly Review, Bud.
DHISM, which is sent to all Members free post-paid, and Official Organ of the is sold to the General Public at three shillings per copy (India Society.
Rs. 2). Annual subscription Rs. 7, or ten shillings and six pence,
post free to any address within the Postal Union. The programme of this Journal will include (1) Articles on Buddhism by the best authorities. (2) Translations from the Buddhist Scriptures. (3) Rare Pāli Texts in Romanised Pāli character. (4) General Literary Matter, as tales, studies of life in Buddhist lands, poetry, etc. (5) Descriptive articles on Buddhist Archæology. (6) Reviews of works on Buddhism. (7) Notes of interest to students of Pāli. (8) A review of the position and progress of Buddhism, notices relative to the spread of Buddhist thought, etc. and (9) Correspondence.
BUDDHISM will be sent free, as far as the Society's finances permit, to the principal Libraries, the Press and Public Institutions. In this way it is hoped that a correct and scholarly appreciation of the tenets of Buddhism may be brought about. The Journal will need to be subsidised in order to carry out this programme, and all who are interested in the matters detailed above are earnestly invited to assist this object, either by donations towards the cost of printing, etc., or by subscribing for the Journal; which subscriptions or donations should be accompanied by the Form provided for this purpose at p. 21 of this Prospectus. Donations will be duly acknowledged in the publications of the Society.
Literary contributions, queries, notes, etc., under any of the above heads, are invited, and will receive careful attention. Authors and publishers of works on Buddhism are requested to send copies for review. Accepted contributions to BUDDHISM, provided that the Author assigns all
copyrights to the Buddhasāsana Samāgama, will be paid for at Rates paid for con
the rate of Rs. 15 (about 208.) per thousand words-payment tributions.
being made at date of publication. Matter of special interest
will receive higher rates. In the present state of the Society's finances, it is not possible to offer higher rates--when, later, our financial position is more secure, we shall endeavour to raise the scale of payment, and preference will then be given to early contributors.
Contributions which are published in pamphlet form amongst the Samāgama's Publications will be paid for on the principle that the Author shall receive half of any profits ensuing from the sale of that pamphlet-copies sent out to Members, or for gratuitous circulation, of course not being included.
All Manuscripts should be sent by Registered Book Post, to the Editor of Bup. DHISM, 1, Pagoda Road, Rangoon, Burma,