History Dear David, how very interesting, thank you. I look forward to hearing more, if more is forthcoming. On the other side of the coin, if you are interested to learn more concerning the history of the scholarly relationship to Buddhism in the West, I can recommend 'The Cult of Nothingness: The Philosophers and the Buddha' by Roger-Pol Droit. It begins with a brief summary of the centuries preceeding the 19th and goes into detail concerning the period ending around 1890, as such it covers some really fascinating material explaning the origin of the historical inaccuracies, prejudices and misunderstandings of Buddhism (Hegel stands out so far as the major source for the propagation of the 'annihilationist' view of Nirvana). His overall thesis is that Buddhism became the basis for a great deal of projection regarding the social changes taking place in Europe at that time, especially worries concerning nihilism and atheism. As David L. Roy pointed out in his review of the book, it seems that the West continues to use Buddhism for its own ends, albeit from a more positive (though with a no less neutering) perspective. Justifying current metaphysics and theories of the human, contemporary interpretations of Buddhism centre around ideas of self-help and therapeutic applications, prompting the question: will Western practitioners and their respective teachers ever allow Dharma in the West to be 'as it is'? All the best, Alex.