Monthly Archives: January 2014

Upcoming “Buddhism and Ireland” lectures, TCD and King’s College London

Announcing two upcoming lectures associated with the book Buddhism and Ireland:

Laurence Cox, ” ‘Beyond the fields we know’: understanding Buddhism and Ireland.”
Buddhist Research Seminar, King’s College London (3.01 Virginia Wade Building, 22 Kingsway, WC2)
Friday 24 January, 5 pm.

Researching an almost-untouched subject like Buddhism and Ireland poses particular challenges, not least a discipline in a state of infancy, with researchers trained in other fields. At the same time, it forces interdisciplinary collaboration, integrating theoretical reflection and methodological innovation in order to overcome these challenges. This paper will look at a series of unexpected findings ranging from medieval European reception history via the social history of plebeian whites in imperial Asia to the organisational difficulties of contemporary peripheral Buddhisms and ask what “small places, big questions” can offer for other researchers.

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.