Buddhism and Ireland - From the Celts to the Counter-Culture and Beyond - Laurence Cox

Buddhism and Ireland - From the Celts to the Counter-Culture and Beyond - Laurence Cox

2. Bog Buddhas and Travellers’ Tales: How Knowledge Crossed Eurasia

Buddhism and Ireland - From the Celts to the Counter-Culture and Beyond - Laurence Cox

Laurence Cox [+-]
National University of Ireland
Laurence Cox is Director of the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is co-editor of Ireland’s New Religious Movements (CSP, 2011), Understanding European Movements (Routledge, 2013) and Marxism and Social Movements (Brill, 2013), and a practising Buddhist.

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This chapter presents a reception history of Buddhism, not simply for Ireland, but for Europe in this period. By treating books as material facts and translation, rewriting, compiling, plagiarising, printing, distributing and so on, as material processes rather than as disembodied words, it shows, first, that a series of different knowledges about Buddhism circulated continuously in Ireland and the broader Irish world. Secondly, these processes, and the situation of different kinds of Irish people within these, were shaped by the changing world-system relations within which knowledge and people were both embedded. Thus Ireland becomes not an isolated case apart but a vantage point from which to explore broader European processes.

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Cox, Laurence. 2. Bog Buddhas and Travellers’ Tales: How Knowledge Crossed Eurasia. Buddhism and Ireland - From the Celts to the Counter-Culture and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 45-101 Oct 2013. ISBN 9781908049308. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21745. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21745. Oct 2013

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