In the tradition of Karen Armstrong, Jack Miles, and Thomas Cahill comes a magisterial history of the coming of Buddhism to the West.
The modern-day creation of a distinctly Western Buddhism is arguably the most significant spiritual development of our time. Few realize, however, that the complicated dance between Western and Eastern religions has gone on for more than two millennia. ALL IS CHANGE is the definitive account of the two-thousand year transmission of Buddhism to the West. From the early exchanges between the Classical Greeks and the Buddhists of India to the encounters between Buddhist and Christian traders and missionaries in China to the influence of Buddhism on Western philosophers and the current fascination with the Dalai Lama, this is a riveting tale of the seekers, sages, explorers and charlatans through whom Buddhism has made its way to become a part of the cultural landscape in the West.