“Though in Burma and Siam the Blessed Way is still purer and made more effectual in all eyes by general happiness and ease of life; though the countless sects of Japan preserve in greater dignity and splendour the cult of the Church, yet it is with Lanka that the later history of the Buddha’s faith is most closely concerned. For Lanka, at the bidding of Indian Asoka, took refuge in the Buddha with unanimous enthusiasm that has never really flagged from that day, more than two thousand years ago, down to our own corrupted times.”
Reginald John Farrer
Reginald John Farrer (1880-1920), was a traveller to all major Buddhist regions of Asia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Southeast-Asia. In Sri Lanka, those days called Ceylon, he converted to Buddhism in 1907.
In the very same year Farrer published his most famous book is “My Rock Garden”, influenced by Japanese garden art. Farrer, who had a speech defect and loved lonesome places, had created his own first rock garden in a quarry already when he was 14 years old.
Due two his passion for mountain plants Farrer became a plant collector, too. He brought many Asian plants to England. At least nine species, maily from the Himalayas, were named “farreri” in order to honour him, among them an orchid and a tree.
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