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Buddhadharma : Summer 2013
SUMMER 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 65 Imagine opening a book about what we would today call Buddhism and read- ing that it is an Egyptian religion and that the Buddha was a former Egyptian priest exiled from his country during a Persian invasion twenty-three hundred years ago. Or think of reading, in a different treatise on the Buddha, that “We are compelled therefore to believe... that Buddha and [the Norse god] Woden are the same deity, and consequently that the theology of the Gothic and Saxon tribes was a modification of Buddhism...” These views—the first from a mid-eighteenth- century Westphalian physician, Engelbert Kaempfer, employed by the Dutch East India Company, the second from the nineteenth-century Anglican biblical scholar George Stanley Faber—seem wildly improbable to us now; not only wrong but spectacularly so. Yet as Donald Lopez, Jr.’s new book demonstrates, ideas such as these are part of the history and circuitous journey to what we now think of as the correct understanding of the Buddha. ANNABELLA PITKIN is a visiting scholar in the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures department at Barnard College and a Social Science Research Council Fellow for Transregional Research in Asia. She specializes in Tibetan Buddhism and Asian intellectual history. FROM STONE TO FLESH A Brief History of the Buddha by Donald Lopez, Jr. University of Chicago Press, 2013 304 pages; $26 INVENTING THE BUDDHA Reviewed by Annabella Pitkin REVIEWS PHOTO | MARY WALLACE