Prof. Brian Bocking, “The forgotten first London Buddhist mission, 1889 – 1892: Charles JW Pfoundes and the Kaigai Senkyôkai”. Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Thursday 12 December, 5 – 6.30; other details here.
– This talk discusses the strange history of what was not only the first Buddhist mission to London but in fact the first known Buddhist mission to the west, a decade before the Japanese missions in California.
Dr Laurence Cox, “A dissident Orientalism? Irish Buddhism in European perspective”.
Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
Tuesday 11 February, 6 pm; full details here.
– This talk explores the recent history of Buddhism and Ireland in a broader European perspective, drawing on research for the book Buddhism and Ireland.