Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

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Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

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I just came across this recent movie about the Irish monk U Dhammaloka, who appears to have been the first Western monk ever. For those who are interested in helping, the producers are currently raising funds:

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Thanks! looks great, I've always wanted to learn more about the early western converts. Any good books on people like him and Nyanatiloka? I know there's a book out on Olcott which looks interesting.
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Re: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

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This book is great, a biography of Nyanatiloka with a short biography also of Nyanaponika:

http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=17992" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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"I do not perceive even one other thing, o monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind" (AN 1.30, transl. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi)
"So this spiritual life, monks, does not have gain, honor, and renown for its benefit, or the attainment of moral discipline for its benefit, or the attainment of concentration for its benefit, or knowledge and vision for its benefit. But it is this unshakable liberation of mind that is the goal of this spiritual life, its heartwood, and its end," (MN 29, transl. Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi)

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Re: Dharma Bum: a new movie about U Dhammaloka

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Free copy...this is a rivetting read!

The Life of Nyanatiloka Thera
http://books.google.de/books?id=LLkyNT5 ... &q&f=false

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The Irish Buddhist
The Forgotten Monk Who Faced Down the British Empire
Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, and Brian Bocking
Oxford University Press (2020)

The Irish Buddhist is the biography of an extraordinary Irish emigrant, sailor, and migrant worker who became a Buddhist monk and anti-colonial activist in early twentieth-century Asia. Born in Dublin in the 1850s, U Dhammaloka energetically challenged the values and power of the British Empire and scandalized the colonial establishment of the 1900s. He rallied Buddhists across Asia, set up schools, and argued down Christian missionaries--often using western atheist arguments. He was tried for sedition, tracked by police and intelligence services, and died at least twice. His story illuminates the forgotten margins and interstices of imperial power, the complexities of class, ethnicity and religious belonging in colonial Asia, and the fluidity of identity in the high Victorian period.

Too often, the story of the pan-Asian Buddhist revival movement and Buddhism's remaking as a world religion has been told 'from above,' highlighting scholarly writers, middle-class reformers and ecclesiastical hierarchies. By turns fraught, hilarious, pioneering, and improbable, Dhammaloka's adventures 'from below' highlight the changing and contested meanings of Buddhism in colonial Asia. Through his story, authors Alicia Turner, Brian Bocking, and Laurence Cox offer a window into the worlds of ethnic minorities and diasporas, transnational networks, poor whites, and social movements. Dhammaloka's dramatic life rewrites the previously accepted story of how Buddhism became a modern global religion.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product ... au&lang=en&

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Honour Thy Fathers also contains some interesting records of early Buddhism in the UK.
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