Buddhism and Immortalityby William Bigelow
William Sturgis Bigelow (1850-1926) was a doctor and great American collector of Japanese art. He was one of the first Americans to live
This extended essay was the 1908 Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality. Bigelow explores the nature of Karma, and the ultimate mental state, Nirvana. He relates this to concepts expressed by Western thinkers such as Darwin and Emerson.
William Sturgis Bigelow (1850-1926) was a doctor and great American collector of Japanese art. He was one of the first Americans to live in Japan, and to introduce the American public to Japanese art and culture. He was also among those who worked to establish protections for Japanese art during a time when the Japanese were willing to sell or destroy elements of their own traditional culture in a fervor of Westernization and modernization.
Instead, in 1882, Bigelow traveled to Japan with Ernest Fenollosa and Edward Sylvester Morse. This may have been intended originally as simply a vacation from the world of medicine, but in the end, Bigelow remained in Japan for seven years. There, he became an art collector, and traveled the country for some time, exploring it and studying its culture, art, and religion. Bigelow would eventually convert to Buddhism. He also contributed financially to the establishment of the Nihon Bijutsu-in (Japan Fine Arts Academy), which was founded by his friend and ofttimes traveling companion Okakura Kakuzo.
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29 pages dealing with the northen sects found in Japan. Clear scan. As I only dipped into this book, my rating only reflects readability, not content. Early 20th century.