GRIMM, Georg

GRIMM, Georg. Rollhofen bei Nürnberg 28.2.1868 — Utting am Ammersee 26.8.1945. German Bauddha. Son of a smith, according to the wish of his parents started study of catholic theology in order to become a priest, but broke up and moved to Law Department. After graduating interested in Schopenhauerr and, with the help of his friend Deussen, in Indian thought. He had also influences from Neumann and started study Pāli and Sanskrit. Retired early from the High Court and concentrated on Buddhist studies. Lectured on Buddhism at München University. In 1921 he founded together with Seidenstücker the Altbuddhistische Gemeinde in Utting am Ammersee. In his works he strongly rejected the opinions of Buddhaghosa and other commentaries, because these had introduced “Dravidian corruption into the pure Aryan doctrine”, which he believed to be capable of reconstructing. A central point in this was the rejection of the anatta doctrine. His daughter was —> M. Keller-Grimm.

Publications: eight books and a number of articles on Buddhism, i. al.:

Die Lehre des Buddho: die Religion des Vernunft und der Meditation. 1915, then ed. by M. Keller-Grimm & M. Hoppe. 519 p. 20th ed. Freiburg 1988; English transl. 191?; new English transl. The Doctrine of the Buddha. The Religion of Reason and Meditation. Lp. 1926, 2nd rev. ed. by. M. Keller-Grimm & M. Hoppe. 416 p. B. 1958.

Buddha und Christus. 12+258 p. Lp. 1928.

English transl. by C. Aikins, Buddhist Wisdom: the Mystery of the Self. Ed. by M. Keller-Grimm. 2nd rev. and enl. edition. 68 p. Delhi 1978.

Sources: Peiris, Buddhism 96-102 (cf. 128-130); German Wikipedia.


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