Alfred Percy Sinnett

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Esoteric Buddhism (1883)

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Esoteric Buddhism
Published1890 First editionNo
FormatHardcover (181 x 121mm) Edition6th US
PublisherHoughton Mifflin & Co Printing
ISBN Printed by
Series No of pages330


Rather than expounding the hidden teachings of Buddhism, this book presents some of the basic tenets of Theosophy. As H.P. Blavatsky explains in her Introduction to The Secret Doctrine (1888): "Esoteric Buddhism was an excellent work with a very unfortunate title..." She quotes an "eminent Pali scholar" who said that "there was in the volume named 'neither Esotericism nor Buddhism'. The esoteric truths, presented in Mr Sinnett's work, ceased to be esoteric from the moment they were made public; nor did the book contain the religion of Buddha, but simply a few tenets from a hitherto hidden teaching, which are now explained and supplemented by many more in the present volumes." (The Secret Doctrine, Adyar ed. Vol.I, p.41)

Referenced in Benjamin Creme (1996), The Ageless Wisdom Teaching, p.62.

See also:
A. Trevor Barker (comp.), The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett


Original Edition

Esoteric Buddhism
Original title
Original subtitle
Original publication year1883
Original publisherTrübner & Co
Original countryGreat Britain
Original language

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