How should I understand the following passage simply?

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Why does the writer begin with the word 'in'?


The passage:

In Gautama the Buddha we have a master-mind from the East second to none so far as the influence on the thought and life of the human race is concerned, and, sacred to all as the founder of a religious tradition whose hold is hardly less wide and deep than any other.

Source: P. 9 Buddhism in a Nutshell BY NARADA THERA

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'In' can be used to mean 'in the person or case of' - in Gautama the Buddha we have a master-mind from the East; in our Prime Minister we have a great genius and living saint; in St Pauls Cathedral we have a jewel of architecture.

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