Check out this remarkable NYT Op-Ed ... from 1900! (Download NYT Op-Ed from 1900) It's conclusion:
It cannot be denied that there are certain points in the Buddhist view of life that are likely to influence, and to influence widely, with increasing intensity, the views of life, of philosophy, of ethics, as held now in the West.... The present results have been brought about by knowledge of Buddhism professed by a few isolated students.
It is only when the texts have been properly edited, fully translated ... that the full power of such truth as their is in Buddhist theory will be felt.
It cannot be considered as at all improbable that the twentieth century will see a movement of ideas not unlike in importance to that resulting from the discovery of Greek thought at the time of the Renaissance, and due, like it, to meeting together in men's minds of two fundamentally different interpretations of the deepest problems man has to face.