Episode 224 :: Ian Lawton :: The Dharma Bum Dhammaloka

| May 31, 2015 | 1 Comment


Ian Lawton

Ian Lawton joins us to speak about his film project The Dharma Bum, a documentary film about Irish atheist freethinker Laurence Carroll, who went on to become one of the first Westerners to become a Buddhist monk.

History is written by the victors. That’s true within Buddhism, too, and not just the evolutionary path of the early Pali canon, but even in more modern times. Political agendas worm their way into the dharma, and as recent research indicates, maybe giving credit where credit is not due about being the first Western Buddhist monk.

Ian Lawton is a multi-award winning filmmaker living & working in the midlands of Ireland. His films have been seen all over the world. You can view his work by visiting Reasonably Shorts.com.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Guinness.


THE DHARMA BUM | TEASER TRAILER from Reasonably Shorts on Vimeo.

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Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Mim Donovan says:

    This article might be of interest to anyone interested in Buddhism in Ireland – the connections go back much longer than might have been thought.


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