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Spiritual MasterHERBERT V. GUNTHER

Herbert V

life period : 1917 - 2006 | place of birth : Bremen, Germany

 parents : Reinhold Günther

children : Edith Kimball, Nora Günther

nationality : German | education : University of Saskatchewan

  occupation : German Buddhist philosopher 


  '' Life and Teaching of Naropa '' ... '' Ecstatic Spontaneity: Saraha's Three Cycles of Doha '' ... '' Matrix of Mystery '' ... '' The Dawn of Tantra '' ... '' Meditation Differently (Mahamudra and Snying-Thig Practices from Original Tibetan Source) '' ... '' Wholeness Lost and Wholeness Regained: Forgotten Tales of Individuation From Ancient Tibet '' ... '' The Tantric View of Life '' ... '' The Teachings of Padmasambhava (Brill's Indological Library)'' ... '' Treasures of the Tibetan Middle Way (The Clear light series) '' ... '' From Reductionism to Creativity: Rdzogs-Chen and the New Science of Mind '' ... '' Tibetan Buddhism in Western Perspective '' ... '' Buddhist Philosophy in Theory and Practice '' ... '' The Royal Song of Saraha: a Study in The History of Buddhist Thought '' ... '' The Jewel Ornament of Liberation '' ... '' Philosophy & Psychology in the Abhidharma '' ... '' Tibetan Buddhism without Mystification: The Buddhist Way from Original Tibetan Sources '' ... '' Mind in Buddhist Psycology '' ... '' Questions & answers on guru & disciple '' ... '' Kindly Bent to Ease Us III :Wonderment '' .... '' Kindly Bent to Ease Us II '' ... '' Concept of Mind in Buddhist Tantrism '' ... '' Levels of Understanding in Buddhism '' ... '' The Philosophical Background of Buddhist Tantrism '' ... '' On Spiritual Discipline '' ... '' Creative Vision: The Symbolic Recreation of the World According to the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition of Tantric Visualization Otherwise Known as The Developing Phase ''.


Herbert Vighnantaka Gunther was a German Buddhist philosopher and Professor and Head of the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He held this position from the time he left India in 1964.

He went to Munich for further study after graduation, earning the Ph.D. degree in 1939. Four years later he received the degree Dr. Phil. Habil. in Vienna. From this beginning, Gunther went on to become one of the leading Buddhist scholars of our time. Amongst the most influential of his European mentors were Professor Wilhelm Geiger, a specialist in Pali and Sinhalese, and Walter Wust – both of Munich.

In Vienna, W. Havers was his main teacher. During this time his aptitude for languages manifested itself. In addition to Pali, Sinhalese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian, and Hindi, there were those languages he studied 'for enjoyment' – Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. He progressed to teaching and taught at Vienna University from 1943 to 1950. Guenther left in 1950, refusing to serve under the rehabilitated ex-Nazi, Erich Frauwallner, whose academic chair had been restored to him.

The personal and intellectual encounters he had in India and the Himalayan region were to leave a lasting mark, for he was fortunate in studying with many prominent Tibetan and Mongolian lamas.

Gunther journeyed to India, where he lived and taught for the next fourteen years. From 1950 to 1958, he was at Lucknow University, where he developed a deep friendship with Kailas Nath Kaul, a naturalist, ethnologist and philosopher.



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