Vivian Butler Burke

The Irish-American Vivian Butler Burke (1881? – 1937) was a remarkable woman in many ways: a friend of Micheál MacLiammóir, correspondent of Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Kurt Tucholsky and others, she founded Ireland’s first Buddhist centre in her central Dublin house, where it operated at least from 1929 – 1935 and perhaps from 1927 – 1936. Research by Margery Reynolds and Laurence Cox is ongoing into her life; this page will collect some of the results.


Laurence Cox, “Buddhism in Ireland: the inner life of world-systems”. Etudes irlandaises 39, 2014.


Butler Burke is the subject of a section in chapter 5 of Laurence Cox’s Buddhism and Ireland (Equinox, 2013).


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