4.0 out of 5 stars
An interesting addition to the story of both Mahayana Buddhism & Thelema, 24 Mar. 2015
The word 'syncretic' can often mean little more than a cut 'n paste of two sets of cultural symbols with a superficial understanding of either. I am happy to say that this book is not one of those.
Gregory Peters has a solid understanding of Buddhism and in particular Mahayana Buddhism, he also has an understanding of the nuances of Thelema. I did not find the two 'jarring' rather the opposite.
I think there are differences between the two, in the end, and Mr Peters allows for this too. Although some may wonder how one can compare a religion 2,500 years old and a cult that, according to some, is just over 100 years old, we must remember that Buddhism is a recent immigrant to this part of the world. It has always had an impact on the religious, artistic, and cultural life of the countries through which it has passed.
This is an interesting addition to the development of both 'traditions' and stands on its own merits.