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The Irish Buddhist Reviews

The Irish Buddhist by Alicia Turner (Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies, York University Toronto), Laurence Cox (Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Professor of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Brian Bocking (Professor Emeritus of the Study of Religions, Professor Emeritus of the Study of Religions, University College Cork)

The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire

Alicia Turner (Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies, York University Toronto), Laurence Cox (Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Professor of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Brian Bocking (Professor Emeritus of the Study of Religions, Professor Emeritus of the Study of Religions, University College Cork)

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Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publication date: 1 May 2020
ISBN: 9780190073084
4 stars out of 5
21 Dec 2020

"The authors have done an immense job in textual and religious sleuthing to diligently resurrect the many lives of the elusive Dhammaloka"

Unfortunately, Dhammaloka, who operated under a number of aliases, appears to this reader to be a pathological liar, misleading everyone he encountered including journalists and writers. In piecing together the lost decades in America, the forgiving authors present a number of “competing chronologies” and agree that after arriving in New York, Dhammaloka worked his way across America, he may have had to beg for food in Chicago, became a hobo, rode the trains to San Francisco and from there sailed to Japan, possibly as a deckhand.

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