Upcoming book launch events


Shan State Buddhist University / Transnational Network of Theravada Studies

Video here

Rainy Season Research Series, online, Friday July 24th 2020

“Why was U Dhammaloka forgotten for a hundred years?” Laurence Cox and Brian Bocking

This talk introduces one of the first western Buddhist monks, his remarkable life (including his dramatic adventures in Burma and his travels with the Saopha of Kengtung). How and why was he forgotten – and what does this tell us about memory, lineage and history in Buddhism? And why does remembering U Dhammaloka make a difference?

Melbourne, Australia:

Irish Studies Centre, University of Melbourne, Tues 1 Sept 2020 (reinstated but on Zoom!)

Lecture by Brian Bocking, “A long-lost canvas: early Irish Buddhists in Melbourne”

Zoom details here

Princeton, USA:

Fund for Irish Studies, Lewis Arts Center, Friday Feb 5th 2021

“Irish hobo, Buddhist monk, anti-colonial celebrity: the strange story of U Dhammaloka” (lecture by Laurence Cox, full details TBA – may be online or face to face)


We had over a dozen launch events in the pipeline in different countries and cities, at various stages of firming up. Obviously many of these will have to be postponed or cancelled depending on the situation. We’ll try to keep this as updated as possible.

Cork, Ireland:

Book launch at UCC Cork, 4pm Wed 22 April 2020 CHECK FOR UPDATES

All interested are cordially invited to hear Prof. Brian Bocking speak on Wednesday 22 April 4pm at the launch of the new book co-authored with Alicia Turner and Laurence Cox: The Irish Buddhist: the forgotten monk who faced down the British empire (Oxford University Press, New York, out March 2020). Venue: the College Seminar Room, O’Rahilly Building, UCC. Enquiries b.bocking@ucc.ie

Irish universities are closed from 13 March until 29 March but this period may be extended – please check before travelling.

Dublin, Ireland:

Talk at EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, 5.30 Thurs 21 May 2020 CHECK FOR UPDATES

Laurence Cox (details TBA)

Other events in King’s College London, Lausanne and other venues TBC…

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