Research on Dhammaloka

To date work on U Dhammaloka has been presented in a wide variety of forms and fora. Not all of these are available online (and some newspaper items and journal articles are behind paywalls for reasons beyond our control). However we are committed to making as much of this research as possible publicly available, whether through Wikipedia, online videos, media work, open-access tools or public presentations of various kinds. Below is an incomplete list documenting publications and public presentations of research on Dhammaloka.

Website

Wikipedia page “U Dhammaloka” (NB following Wikipedia rules this is reliant on what is already in the public domain so is typically some time “behind” the actual state of play of Dhammaloka research)

Videos

Ian Lawton, The Dharma Bum (watch on screen). 2014.

Brian Bocking, The study of religions in a smart society: inaugural lecture (WMV file, 56 mins). University College Cork (January 2010)

Brian Bocking, Lost Irish Buddhist (Youtube, 9 mins). 2011.

Podcast

Laurence Cox, Encounters between Buddhism and the West. Religious Studies Project, Sept 2015 (36 minutes).

Media coverage

“Irishman Laurence Carroll was first westerner to be ordained Buddhist monk”. Irish Examiner, 2016.

“What’s the story Buddh? The tale of the Dharma Bum”. rabble.ie, 2014.

“An Irish Buddhist agitator in Burma: filming a different kind of anti-colonialism”. Irish History Compressed, 2014.

“Irish sailor, hobo, troublemaker … Buddhist monk?” The Wild Geese, 2014.

BBC website, “Dhammaloka: the Irish Buddhist monk who condemned Christianity”. 6.12.2013, http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/25184228

Joe Humphreys. “An Irishman’s diary”. Irish Times (15.2.2011). http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0215/1224289831516.html

Olivia Kelleher. “UCC to celebrate centenary of Dhammaloka ‘the Irish Buddhist’.” Irish Times (1.2.2011). http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0201/1224288693676.html

John L Murphy. “U Dhammaloka: the first Irish Buddhist monk?Blogtrotter blog, May 17 2011.

Brian Bocking. Interview with Sean Moncrieff. Newstalk radio (3.2.2011). http://media.newstalk.ie/listenback/46/thursday/4/

Film project

Ian Lawton’s film project The Dharma Bum has a well-developed website with much media coverage. You can support the project here.

Books

Brian Bocking, Phibul Choompolpaisal, Laurence Cox, Alicia Turner, A Buddhist Crossroads: pioneer western Buddhists and Asian networks 1860-1960. London: Routledge, 2014 (book version of 2013 Contemporary Buddhism special issue).

Alicia Turner, Saving Buddhism: Moral Community and the Impermanence of Colonial Religion, Southeast Asia—Politics, Meaning and Memory Series. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2014.

Laurence Cox, Buddhism and Ireland: from the Celts to the counter-culture and beyond. Sheffield: Equinox, July 2013.

Alicia Turner. Buddhism, colonialism and the boundaries of religion: Theravada Buddhism in Burma 1885–1920 (PhD dissertation). Chicago: University of Chicago, 2009.

Harry Alverson Franck. A Vagabond journey around the world; a narrative of personal experience. Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1910.

Online articles, chapters and conference papers

Laurence Cox, “European Buddhist Traditions”. 332 – 345 in Michael Jerryson (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Mihirini Sirisena, “The dissident Orientalist: an interpretation of U Dhammaloka’s 1909 tour of Ceylon“. Interventions, DOI 10.1080/1369801X.2015.1131176, 2016.

Alicia Turner, “Religion, the study of religion and other products of transnational and colonial imaginings“. Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions 1(1), 2014: 12 – 25.

Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox and Brian Bocking, “A Buddhist crossroads: pioneer European Buddhists and globalising Asian networks 1860 – 1960″. Contemporary Buddhism 14 (1), 2013. (Now also available in book from from Routledge).

Alicia Turner, “The Bible, the bottle and the knife: religion as a mode of resisting colonialism for U Dhammaloka”. Contemporary Buddhism 14 (1), 2013. (Now also available in book from from Routledge).

Thomas Tweed, “Tracing modernity’s flows: Buddhist currents in the Pacific world”. The Eastern Buddhist 43 (1 & 2): 1 – 22, 2013.

Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox and Brian Bocking. “Beachcombing, Going Native and Freethinking: Rewriting the History of Early Western Buddhist Monastics”. Contemporary Buddhism 11 (125–147), 2010.

Laurence Cox, “The politics of Buddhist revival: U Dhammaloka as social movement organiser”. Contemporary Buddhism 11 (2): 173–227, 2010.

Laurence Cox, “Plebeian freethought and the politics of anti-colonial solidarity: Irish Buddhists in imperial Asia”. Paper to 15th international conference on “Alternative futures and popular protest”, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2010.

Laurence Cox and Maria Griffin, “The Wild Irish Girl and the ‘dalai lama of little Thibet’: the long encounter between Ireland and Asian Buddhism”. 53 – 73 in Olivia Cosgrove, Laurence Cox, Carmen Kuhling and Peter Mulholland (eds.), Ireland’s new religious movements. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Laurence Cox, “Laurence O’Rourke/U Dhammaloka: working-class Irish freethinker, and the first European bhikkhu?”. Journal of Global Buddhism 10: 135–144, 2009.

Other articles and chapters

Phibul Choompolpaisal, “Tai-Burmese-Lao Buddhisms in the ‘Modernising’ of Ban Thawai (Bangkok): The Dynamic Interaction between Ethnic Minority Religion and British-Siamese centralisation in the late 19th/early 20th centuries”. Contemporary Buddhism 14 (1), 2013: 94 – 115.

Brian Bocking, “U Dhammaloka The Irish Pongyi (1856-1914) in India, Nepal and Tibet”. South and Southeast Asia Culture and Religion, VI: 73-86, 2012

Andrew Skilton and Kate Crosby, “Editorial”. Contemporary Buddhism 11 (2): 121–124, 2010.

Alicia Turner,  “The Irish Pongyi in colonial Burma: the confrontations and challenges of U Dhammaloka”. Contemporary Buddhism 11 (2): 129–172, 2010.

Brian Bocking, “”A man of work and few words?” Dhammaloka beyond Burma”. Contemporary Buddhism 11 (2), 2010.

Thomas Tweed, “Towards the study of vernacular intellectualism: a response”. Contemporary Buddhism 11 (2): 281–286, 2010.

Other public presentations

Alicia Turner, “Connections and Collaborations across Colonies: Local Networks that Facilitated the Flow of Buddhist Reform in Southeast Asia”. Paper to Kyoto University / Ryukoku University conference Asian Buddhism: plural colonialisms and plural modernities, December 2014.

Brian Bocking, ” ‘The Irish Buddhist’ U Dhammaloka in India and Beyond”. Lecture to Ireland-India-Asia: Entangled Histories and Cultural Processes conference, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, October 2013.

Brian Bocking, “Mirrors in a reflection? Asian Buddhists from colonial Ireland, 1863-1913”. Plenary Lecture to Bordering the Borderless: Faces of Modern Buddhism in East Asia conference, Duke University, North Carolina, October 2013.

Brian Bocking, “Forgotten but not gone: recognising Ireland’s Buddhist heritage in colonial Asia”. Lecture to launch Laurence Cox, Buddhism in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, September 2013.

Laurence Cox, “A beachcomber in colonial Asia” and “What does it all  mean? Empire, religion and paths not taken”. Papers to “From Laurence Carroll to U Dhammaloka: Irish hobo, Buddhist monk, anti-colonial agitator” seminar, Irish Network for Studies in Buddhism / Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD, September 2013.

Rachel Pisani, “The first Dharma bums: hobo and monk as ways of life”. Paper to “From Laurence Carroll to U Dhammaloka: Irish hobo, Buddhist monk, anti-colonial agitator” seminar, Irish Network for Studies in Buddhism / Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD, September 2013.

Mihirini Sirisena, “From the edge of the ambit: an interpretation of Dhammaloka’s 1909 tour of Ceylon”. Paper to “From Laurence Carroll to U Dhammaloka: Irish hobo, Buddhist monk, anti-colonial agitator” seminar, Irish Network for Studies in Buddhism / Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD, September 2013.

Rachel Pisani, “Hidden histories, hobo lives and ethnic boundaries in the US”. Paper to “Uncovering hidden histories: U Dhammaloka and early western Buddhists” seminar, UCC, May 2013.

Laurence Cox, “A seditious press: the National Reformer, the colonial media and the Indian Press Act”. Paper to “Uncovering hidden histories: U Dhammaloka and early western Buddhists” seminar, UCC, May 2013.

Mihirini Sirisena, “Dharmapala and Dhammaloka: early contacts, Madras-Arakan-Colombo and the 1909 tour of Ceylon”. Paper to “Uncovering hidden histories: U Dhammaloka and early western Buddhists” seminar, UCC, May 2013.

Alicia Turner, “No sole theory: U Dhammaloka and the shoe question in 1901”. Paper to “Uncovering hidden histories: U Dhammaloka and early western Buddhists” seminar, UCC, May 2013.

Brian Bocking, “Why did Dhammaloka come from the West? Australia 1912 and a faked death”. Paper to “Uncovering hidden histories: U Dhammaloka and early western Buddhists” seminar, UCC, May 2013.

Laurence Cox, “Tracing the roots: Dhammaloka in Ireland and Britain”. Paper to “The hunt for Dhammaloka: on the trail of early Irish-Buddhist links” seminar, NUI Maynooth, December 2012.

Rachel Pisani, “The needle and the haystack: Dhammaloka and American radicalism”. Paper to “The hunt for Dhammaloka: on the trail of early Irish-Buddhist links” seminar, NUI Maynooth, December 2012.

Mihirini Sirisena, “Growing up in South Asia: Dhammaloka in relation to self-(re)presentations, anti-establishment struggles and translocal activism”. Paper to “The hunt for Dhammaloka: on the trail of early Irish-Buddhist links” seminar, NUI Maynooth, December 2012.

Brian Bocking, “Piecing Together: Captain Daylight, the Buddhist Bishop of Rangoon, and collaborative digital research”. The Open University: Religious Studies Digital Humanities series, The Open University, Milton Keynes, December 2011.

Brian Bocking, “The Irish Buddhist at a Japanese University”.  UCC Japan Society: Japanese Culture Evening, UCC , November 2011.

Tadhg Foley, “Missionary positions: Ireland, empire, and the perversions of Max Arthur Macauliffe and U Dhammaloka”. American Conference for Irish Studies, San Jose State University, October 2011.

Brian Bocking, “Globalisation, rationality and pan-Asian Buddhism for a new century: the mission of The Irish Buddhist U Dhammaloka”.  3rd Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Ireland Association, UCC, October 2011.

Brian Bocking, “Digital-based research on ‘the Irish Buddhist’ U Dhammaloka.” Digital Cultures Workshop, UCC, September 2011.

Brian Bocking, “Pioneer Irish Buddhists in Meiji Japan: Condor Pfoundes and U Dhammaloka”. Launch of the Irish Institute for Japanese Studies, UCC, September 2011.

Brian Bocking, “U Dhammaloka The Irish Pongyi (ca.1856-1914) in India, Nepal – and Tibet?” 4th SSEASR Conference, Thimphu, Bhutan, June 2011.

Brian Bocking, “Rewriting the Origin-Myth of Western Buddhism: U Dhammaloka ‘The Irish Buddhist’ in Colonial Asia”. UCR Religious Studies Seminar, University of California at Riverside, May 2011.

Brian Bocking, “Dhammaloka in Tokyo: The Hidden History of Early Western Buddhist Monastics”. Stanford University Japanese Buddhism Lectures, Stanford University, May 2011.

Alicia Turner, “Across Colonial Contexts with an Irish Ally: U Dhammaloka and His Patrons”. Association of Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars joint conference, Honolulu, March 2011.

Alicia Turner, “U Dhammaloka: Orthodox Monk as Colonial Critic in Burma”. Dhammaloka Day conference, UCC, February 2011.

Laurence Cox, “Contentious Dhammaloka – atheist, activist, Irish Buddhist”. Dhammaloka Day conference, UCC, February 2011.

Elizabeth Harris, “Response: Ananda Metteyya and U Dhammaloka”. Dhammaloka Day conference, UCC, February 2011.

Brian Bocking, “Dhammaloka’s Irish connections: Letitia Jephson, Edward Morphy, Daniel Twomey and others”. Dhammaloka Day conference, UCC, February 2011.

Thomas Tweed, “Dhammaloka in context: globalising Buddhism at the turn of the 20th century”. Dhammaloka Day conference, UCC, February 2011.

Brian Bocking and Laurence Cox, “Dhammaloka in Tokyo: the hidden history of Western Buddhist monastics”. SOAS Buddhist Forum and SOAS Centre for the Study of Religions joint seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, December 2010.

Brian Bocking, “Collaborative and Translocative research in Buddhism: the case of U Dhammaloka ‘the Irish Buddhist’.” Seminar series: Methods and approaches in the study of Buddhist religions, Munich University, June 2010.

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