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Why do the Irish have a reputation of telling the best stories? Is it possible we are eager to entertain and delight others to distract them from us? Is there a half-conscious motive to conceal ourselves?
Do we stay private as part of the aftermath of near annihilation by the British, whose atrocities and occupation continued for...? Some might say it still continues, and certainly the hegemony persists. So much so that it once drove the first European to ordain as a Buddhist monk in faraway Asia. (See video).
Irish-Americans have returned to the Emerald Isle with Buddhism. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Rhys Davids, I.B. Horner, Woodward, and the Pali Text Society (P.T.S.) with its influential Journal, and even more influential Dictionary of Buddhist-Language Terms, the Dharma arrived on Albion and the Continent more than a century ago.
The Lost Irish Buddhist
This enigmatic, free-thinking Dubliner used various aliases. As a monastic he was known as Ven. Dhammaloka ("Dharma Realm"), The Irish Buddhist. He converted to his adopted path-to-liberation about 1900. He came to be widely known throughout Asia and in the process managed to fall afoul of the colonial establishment and Christian missionaries.
|Danu, wee people, bhumi-devas (amayodruid)|
The lost Irish Buddhist emerges after all these many years as one of the earliest Western Buddhist monks, pre-dating many others who claim the title. Prof. Bocking guides us through his amazing odyssey.
Celtic Buddhism in Los Angeles at ScotsFest 2013.
This year will feature a Saturday Night Closing in the Nan Daley Highland Dance Pavilion with all three Grade 1 pipe bands: Dowco Triumph Street, Alberta Caledonia, and the LA Scots (and no closing massed band in the main arena).
- Celtic Celebration, Los Angeles
- Memorial Day Weekend
- May 25-26, 2013
- Orange County Fair and Event Center