Book Review‏- The American who Revived Buddhism in Asia & The Intertwined Histories of Buddhism and Sri Lanka.
Posted on October 18th, 2011

Ranjit Santiago

Sunil Wimalawansa wrote the book, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The American who Revived Buddhism in AsiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. The author is the Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

Prof. Wimalawansa illustrates how Colonel Olcott became a hero without the traditional springboard of influence and power. The author gives the reader a groundbreaking inside account of OlcottƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s life, which begins in America. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Sunil Wimalawansa details how Olcott contributed to the rule of law during turbulent times in his native country of birth and illustrates his incredible inner strength and courage.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

Dr. Wimalawansa also provides a vivid account of OlcottƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s leadership in Sri Lanka and India. Olcott revived a nation of Buddhists from the yoke of the suppressive British ruling.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  In addition, this book provides a historical account of other key leaders who helped to positively shape the future of Sri Lanka and South East Asia.

The American who Revived Buddhism is Asia is a readable, high quality book that contains a large number of rare color photographs and insights into the multiple contributions of OlcottƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Buddhist educational system.

Sunil Wimalawansa also recently published another easy to read, complementary book entitled, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The Intertwined Histories of Buddhism and Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  This book provides an extensive detailed account of the past 2000-year history of Sri Lanka, focusing on how Buddhism shaped the country to its current form.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Both books provide vibrant information on the history of Buddhism, and the lessons learned from the 500 years of brutal ruling of Ceylon by the Western invaders.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

I highly recommend that those interested in the history of Sri Lanka and Buddhism read these books. As they are not yet available in store, contact Professor Sunil Wimalawansa, via, to purchase copies of these two highly valuable books.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

One Response to “Book Review‏- The American who Revived Buddhism in Asia & The Intertwined Histories of Buddhism and Sri Lanka.”

  1. Dham Says:

    I highly recommend Mr. Gon Silva of UK contact Prof. Wimalawansa and discuss history of Sir lanka and how Nibbana did not in anyway affected the survival of Sinhala Buddhist.

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