Travers Christmas Humphreys wrote a number of works on Mahayana Buddhism. In his day he was the best known British convert to Buddhism. In 1924 he founded what became the London Buddhist Society, which was to have a seminal influence on the growth of the Buddhist tradition in Britain. His former home in St John's Wood, London is now a Buddhist temple.
Both at his home and at the lodge he played host for eminent spiritual authors such as Nicholas Roerich and Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and for prominent Theosophists like Alice Bailey and far eastern Buddhist authorities like D. T. Suzuki. Other regular visitors in the 1930s were the Russian singer Vladimir Rosing and the young Philosopher Alan Watts. The Buddhist Society of London is one of the oldest Buddhist Organisations outside Asia. (jacket)