Buddha and Buddhism

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The Queen has in her possession a piece of ivory or bone little valued by her white-faced subjects, but immensely esteemed by the Buddhists of all lands.

"The possessor of the Tooth of Buddha will have the dominion of the World." Thus runs the ancient fiat, and a thoughtful French admiral told his compatriots the other day that this proud position had actually been attained by Britain. But he did not, of course, attribute it to the possession of the Tooth of Buddha, or indeed mention that object at all. He showed that the British fleet possessed an astounding power, which he strongly advised his compatriots not to undervalue.

But there is moral force as well as physical power; and the position of Her Gracious Majesty in the world is certainly unique. She holds in her dominions the most vital sections of all the great religions of the past. Her subjects pray to Christ, and Buddha, and Brahma, and Jehovah. They honour Zarathustra, and Moses, and Mahomet. Benares, the holy city of the greatest religious section of her subjects, is in her domains.

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