Dr. George Grimm

George Grimm (1868-1945)

After completing his theological studies, devoted himself to jurisprudence and chose the career of a judge. However, his interest in philosophical problems induced him to study Schopenhauer’s works. His association with Carl Du Prel (1839-1899) whose Philosophy of mystics is a standard work, was also stimulating. The influence of Schopenhauer led him to indological studies. A special attention he devoted to the study of Pali where-with he came more into the attractive force of theBuddha-Dhamma. It was in 1915 that there came out The Doctrine of the Buddha; The Religion of Reason. In circles, which became acquainted with him professionally, he was characterized as ‘Bavaria’s most benevolent judge’. He wrote from an attitude acquired by his practical realization of the Dhamma. He was writing, as he often said – for himself. The last twelve years of his life he spent in the rural stillness at the Ammersee.

With the well known Indologist and philosopher Paul Deussen (1845-1919) – the early friend of Nietzsche – he was connected by friendship until death. It was together with Karl Seidenstucker (1876-1936) the famous Indologist that in 1921 he founded the ‘Altbuddhistische Gemeinde’, (Old Buddhist Community) Utting a.A.

(The text above is from the cover insert of the English edition of ‘The Doctrine of the Buddha’).



  • The Doctrine of the Buddha. The Religion of Reason and Meditation. 413 p., 3rd ed., Motilal Barnasidass, Delhi, 1982
  • Buddhist Wisdom. The Mystery of the Self. 2nd ed., 70p. Motilal Barnasidass, Delhi, 1982
  • Perennial Questions, 64 p,Motilal Barnasidass, Delhi, 1979


  • La Religion du Bouddha. La Religion de la Connaissance, 2nd ed., 306 p., Adrien Maisonneuve, Paris, 1982
  • La Sagesse du Bouddha. Le Mystere de Moi, 2nd ed., 125 p, P.Geuthner, Paris, 1931


  • Tue-giac cua Phat, 37 p, Saigon, 1964


  • Die Lehre des Buddho. Die Religion der Vernunft und der Meditation., 20. Aufl., 524 S., 1988
  • Die Wissenschaft des Buddhismus, 2. Aufl., 431 S., 1978
  • Der Buddhaweg fuer Dich, 2. Aufl., 248 S., 1974
  • Die Botschaft des Buddha, der Schluessel zur Unsterblichkeit, 2. Aufl., 86 S., 1975
  • Das Glueck, die Botschaft des Buddho, 4. Aufl. 184 S., 1979
  • Buddhistische Weisheit. Das Geheimnis des Ich, 126 S., 4.Aufl., 1979
  • Ewige Frage. Die Religioesen Grundprobleme und Ihre Loesung im indischen Geist., 4.Aufl., 83 S., 1975
  • Der Samsaro. Die Weltenirrfahrt der Wesen, 2.Aufl., 188 S., 1960
  • Buddhistische Meditationen, 2.Aufl., 396 S., 1962

Books of Georg Grimm’s wife, Martha Keller-Grimm

  • Im Lichte des Meisters. Die Lehre des Buddha in Frage und Antwort., 3.Aufl., 210 S., 1986
  • Im Reiche der Buddhas. Buddhistische Lyrik. Gedichte. Band 1: 106 Seiten, 1977.

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