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    Japanese Buddhism and Ireland

    Cox, Laurence and Ó Laoidh, John (2021) Japanese Buddhism and Ireland. Journal of Religion in Japan, 11 (1). pp. 1-29. ISSN 2211-8330

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    This article argues that there is no single relationship between Japanese Buddhism and Ireland, but rather a series of changing relationships mediated by different world-system contexts between one island and another (peripheral and post-colonial) one: as ethnographic information, as cultural influence and as religious practice. The process has a long history, stretching back to the Irish reception of Jesuit and traveller’s accounts, and then made concrete by early intermediaries like Lafcadio Hearn / Koizumi Yakumo and Charles Pfoundes. WB Yeats helped to give Japanese Buddhism a significant place in Irish culture, notably in poetry. From the 1960s and 1970s Japanese Buddhists started to settle in Ireland and Japanese Buddhism began to be practiced; both are now an established part of the Irish religious landscape. The article sketches this history together with the present situation of Japanese Buddhism in Ireland.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Japanese Buddhism; western Buddhism; Ireland; religious studies; migration; cultural reception;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 15021
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    Depositing User: Dr. Laurence Cox
    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 11:45
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Religion in Japan
    Publisher: Brill Academic Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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