Liebenthal, W.

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Walter Liebenthal(1886/06/12 - 1982/11/15) 

Walter Liebenthal (12 June 1886 – 15 November 1982), was a German philosopher and sinologist who specialized in Chinese Buddhism. He translated many philosophical works from Pali, Sanskrit and specially from Chinese into German. Based upon his extensive research in Indian Buddhism and Chinese religion, one of his main conclusions was that early Chinese Buddhism through Ch'an (Zen-) was not a Chinese version of Indian Buddhism, but rather, that it developed from Taoism, a Chinese religion. Indian concepts are present, but at the core it represents a Chinese perspective. (Source Accessed March 31, 2020)

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Affiliations & relations

  • Sino-Indian Institute, Yenching University of Peking, China, research fellow, 1934–36 · secondary affiliation
  • Peking University, China, lecturer in Sanskrit and German, 1937 · secondary affiliation
  • Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India, senior research fellow 1952–54, visiting professor of Sino-Indian Studies 1955–59 · secondary affiliation
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, visiting professor, 1959 · secondary affiliation
  • Institut des Hautes Études Chinoises, Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1960 · secondary affiliation
  • University of Tübingen, Germany, honorary professor, 1962 · secondary affiliation
  • Dr. Johannes Nobel · teacher
  • Max Walleser · teacher
  • Otto Strauss. · teacher