W.Y. Evans-Wentz


Born
in Trenton, New Jersey, The United States
February 02, 1878

Died
July 17, 1965

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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky


Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz was an anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism.

He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and as a teenager read Madame Blavatsky's Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine and became interested in the teachings of Theosophy. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, where he studied with William James and William Butler Yeats. He then studied Celtic mythology and folklore at Jesus College, Oxford (1907); there he adopted the form Evans-Wentz for his name. He travelled extensively, spending time in Mexico, Europe, and the Far East. He spent the years of the First World War in Egypt. He later travelled to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and India, reaching Darjeeling in 1919; t
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“As a man is taught, so he believes. Thoughts being things, they may be planted like seeds in the mind of the child and completely dominate his mental content. Given the favourable soil of the will to believe, whether the seed-thoughts be sound or unsound, whether they be of pure superstition or of realizable truth, they take root and flourish, and make the man what he is mentally.”
W Y Evans-Wentz

“Our past thinking has determined our present status, and our present thinking will determine our future status; for man is what man thinks.”
W.Y. Evans-Wentz, The Tibetan Book of the Dead or The After-death Experiences on the Bardo Plane

“Thine own consciousness, not formed into anything, in reality void, and the intellect, shining and blissful, --these two,-- are inseparable. The union of them is the Dharma-Kāya state of Perfect Enlightenment.”
W.Y. Evans-Wentz, The Tibetan Book of the Dead or The After-death Experiences on the Bardo Plane

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