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Lee Woo Chan - History of the Hare Krishna Movement. A Comprehensive Study on the Movementí»s Roots as a Legitimate Religious System, and on the Post-Samadhi Phase of Development



Having lived in the US for a combined 7 years, Woo Chan is a close-native speaker of English. He likes pholosophy. As our school does not have a philosophy program, he did a lot of reading on his own, and attended an International Philosophy Olympiads, being given a bronze medal on this occasion.
He wanted to do a research project on the philosophical background on the Hippie movement, which in the course of his research turned into the paper commented on here.
His paper narrates the history of the Hare Krishna movement from its beginnings in Bengal to its establishment and genesis in the U.S. As the topic is rather unfamiliar to the ordinary English-language reader, Woo Chan added a glossary to his paper. His is a concise, yet detailed narration and analysis. With a topic of this kind - too recent to use archive material; its roots in a society the languages of which neither Woo Chan nor myself comprehend, he was rather dependent on his sources. The paper narrates the history of the movement, but does not place it into a socio-political context - which is probably too much to ask for a high school research paper. Woo Chan does manage to answer his original question regarding the philosophical foundation of the Hippie movement - to his disappointment, he found none worthy to mention.
Woo Chan worked for about a year on his research paper. It compares to a third year college presentation and would provide a solid foundation for a seminar discussion on the topic.


November 10th 2006

Alexander Ganse



Lee Woo Chan History of the Hare Krishna Movement. A Comprehensive Study on the Movementí»s Roots as a Legitimate Religious System, and on the Post-Samadhi Phase of Development