CORK: Early Irish atheist & Buddhist in Burma 19th Feb 2011

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Ygern
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CORK: Early Irish atheist & Buddhist in Burma 19th Feb 2011

Post by Ygern » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:47 pm

U Dhammaloka (real name probably Laurence O'Rourke, ?1856 - ?1914) was a working-class
freethinker from Dublin who became a Buddhist monk in Burma (on the then common view that
Buddhism was an atheist and rational philosophy). On this basis he republished Thomas Paine
and a wide range of other atheist, freethinking and humanist literature (Remsburg, Blatchford
etc.), worked closely with American freethinking journals (Truth Seeker, Humanitarian Review,
Blue-Grass Blade) and used these arguments to act as a scourge of Christian missionaries
across colonial Asia, being tried at least twice for his attacks on Christianity.
This is a launch event for a special issue of Contemporary Buddhism being held in Cork & London.

Date 19th Feb 2011
Time 2.30pm
Boole 3, UCC
Speakers: Thomas Tweed, Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox & Brian Bocking
The universe is huge and old, and rare things happen all the time ~ Lawrence Krauss
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Re: CORK: Early Irish atheist & Buddhist in Burma 19th Feb 2011

Post by Feardorcha » Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:17 pm

It's a nasty, self-serving, cruel religion - but then, aren't they all?
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