Friday, March 18, 2022

Mar. 18: Edward Conze, Anglo-German Buddhist scholar


Edward Conze (1904-1979) was an Anglo-German Buddhist scholar known for his many translations of seminal Buddhist works, as well as authoring such texts as Buddhism: Its Essence and Development; Buddhism: A Short History; and The Memoirs of a Modern Gnostic. Born in London of German parents (his father was a diplomat posted there), he grew up and was educated in Germany but fled (back) to Britain when the Nazis came to power in 1933. He converted to Buddhism after a mid-life crisis; he later taught in America (where one of my best professors was his student). His Buddhist Wisdom: The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra has been lodged next to my bed for decades. Read it and reread it.


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