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The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire

Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, and Brian Bocking


The Irish Buddhist tells the story of a poor Irishman who worked his way across America as a migrant worker, became one of the very first Western Buddhist monks, and traveled the length and breadth of Asia, from Burma and present-day Thailand to China and Japan, and from India and Sri Lanka to Singapore and Australia. Defying racial boundaries, he scandalized the colonial establishment of the 1900s. As a Buddhist monk, he energetically challenged the values and power of the British empire. U Dhammaloka was a radical celebrity who rallied Buddhists across Asia, set up schools, and argued down C ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, religious studies, atheism, Burma, Asian studies, colonial Asia, Irish history, social movements, race, ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190073084
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190073084.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alicia Turner, author
Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies, York University Toronto

Laurence Cox, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Brian Bocking, author
Professor Emeritus of the Study of Religions, University College Cork