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Anagarika Govinda (Ernst Lothar Hoffmann)

Anagarika Govinda was the founder of the order of the Ārya Maitreya Mandala and an expositor of Tibetan mysticism and Buddhist meditation. He was also a poet and painter.


  • The Way of the White Clouds
  • Lama Anagarika Govinda was one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950.


Quotes from others about the person

Robert Thurman remarks, Govinda is "undoubtedly one of the West’s greatest minds of the twentieth century, right up there with Einstein, Heisenberg, Wittgenstein, Solzhenitsyn, Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama."


  • Abanindranath Tagore was the creator of the "Indian Society of Oriental Art", thereby founding the influential Bengal school of art, which led to the development of modern Indian painting. Tagore and Anagarika Govinda cooperated in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
  • disciple: Volker Zotz
    Volker Zotz, a philosopher and writer from Austria, was from his youth a major disciple of Lama Anagaika Govinda. Zotz became his spiritual heir, and acts as Govinda’s literary executor.
Anagarika Govinda
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