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Lama Anagarika Govinda

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Lama Anagarika Govinda

Lama Anagarika Govinda was born in Germany in 1898. He was the founder of the Buddhist Order Arya Maitreya Mandala. In his early years he went to India and a got a chair at the Tagore University. His keen interest in Pali-Buddhism and monastic life led him to Shri Lanka  and Burma. He visited Tibet several times and lived for two consecutive years in Central and Western Tibet with his wife Li Gotami, a Parsee from Bombay. During these years he got teachings and inspiration from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. He finally settled in Almora, India. He held posts in various Indian universities and held exhibitions of his paintings, several of which he had made together with his wife when still in Tibet. In 1971 he made a journey to America and Canada. His wife accompanied him. In 1972 he was on tour in Europe. He became a mediator and pacemaker between East and West. He died in 1986. His ashes are contained in the Nirvana-Stupa, which was erected in 1997 on the premises of Samten Choeling Monastery (a Tibetan Monastery), in the district of Darjeeling, West-Bengal, India.

Books, edited by Lama Anagarika

  • Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism
  • The Way of the White Clouds
  • Creative Meditation and Multi-Dimensional Consciousness

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