Nyanatiloka Thera

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Nyanatiloka Thera (19 February 1878, Wiesbaden, Germany – 28 May 1957, Colombo, Ceylon), born as Anton Walther Florus Gueth, was highly influential Buddhist monk and scholar in the Theravada tradition.[1][2]

Access to Insight states:

Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera was the first Continental European in modern times to become a Buddhist monk and one of the foremost Western exponents of Theravada Buddhism in the twentieth century. Born in Germany, he developed a keen interest in Buddhism in his youth and came to Asia intending to enter the Buddhist Order. He received ordination in Burma in 1903. The greatest part of his life as a monk was spent in Sri Lanka, where he established the Island Hermitage at Dodanduwa as a monastery for Western monks. His translations into German include the Anguttara Nikaya, the Visuddhimagga, and the Milindapañha. Ven. Nyanatiloka passed away in Colombo in 1957.[2]

He is the author of the first version of the Buddhist Dictionary: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines.

See also


  1. Bhikkhu Nyanatusita & Hellmuth Hecker, p. 25, endnote 26
  2. 2.0 2.1 Access to Insight (2013).


  • Bhikkhu Nyanatusita and Hellmuth Hecker, The Life of Nyanatiloka: The Biography of a Western Buddhist Pioneer Kandy, 2009.
  • Buddhist Annual of Ceylon (1929). "The 'Island Hermitage' (Polgasduwa Tapas-arama)" in "The Buddhist Annual of Ceylon" (vol. 3, no. 3), p. 189. Retrieved 19 Dec 2008 from "MettaNet" at http://www.metta.lk/temples/ih/1929.htm.
  • Acccess to Insight (2013). "Nyanatiloka Mahathera" in "Contributing Authors and Translators: Biographical Notes", edited by Access to Insight. Access to Insight (BCBS Edition), 17 December 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/index.html#nyanatiloka.

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