Carl Herman Vetterling (1849–1931), also known by the pseudonym of Philangi Dasa, was a Swedenborgian philosopher who converted to Buddhism in 1884 and took the Arabic-cum-Sanskritic name Philangi Dasa (meaning Western Devotee). He was one of the first Americans to officially embrace Buddhism. He founded The Buddhist Ray in Santa Cruz, California in 1887, which was the first Buddhist journal in the United States.
His most well-known work was Swedenborg the Buddhist, or The Higher Swedenborgianism: Its Secrets and Thibetan Origin, published in 1887. It is a fictional spiritual dialogue between Swedenborg, a Buddhist monk, a Brahmin, a Parsi, an Aztec Indian, an Icelander, an anonymous woman, and Vetterling himself. Six years later this work was translated into Japanese.
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