Peoples Zotz

of peoples Zotz (* 28. October 1956 in Landau in the Pfalz, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a Austrian philosopher and religion scientist.

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training and activity

Volker Zotz
peoples Zotz

1978 - 1985 study of philosophy, history and Buddhismuskunde at the University of Vienna; Graduation with the thesis: To the Rezeption, interpretation and criticism of the Buddhismus in the German linguistic area from the Fin de Siècle to 1930. First Vienna taught peoples Zotz Indian thinking at philosophical Institut of the university. Later Zotz than religion scientists at the university of the Saarland habilitierte itself. He spent some years in India and different other countries of Asia, of it one decade in Japan: From 1989 to 1999 it worked in a scholarly manner and searchingly at the Universities of Ryukoku and Otani in Kyoto. Since 1999 he teaches at the Université you Luxembourg philosophy and history of ideas.

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the work of peoples Zotz is over the medium of asiatic traditions dedicated to the intercultural dialogue and the criticism of the European realnesses. Outgoing from the Konfuzianismus, Buddhismus and other philosophies of Asia, Zotz evaluates aspects of western history of ideas and looks for connecting factors for the meeting of the west with Asia. He finds it in the European antique one, to the tradition of the catholicism, in addition, in the modern trend, for instance the Surrealismus André Bretons. Peoples Zotz became particularly by its contributions the Buddhismuskunde and the interpretation of the Buddhismus admits. Accordingly Günther Nenning in its book Buddha , Jesus and the remainder appreciates of the world Zotz as “one the most important Buddhologen of the recent generation.” (S. 184). With books such as Buddha (1991) and history of buddhistischen philosophy (1996) Zotz submitted work, which applies within the university range often as standard works of academic buddhistischer studies. With its thesis writing for the Rezeption, interpretation and criticism of the Buddhismus in the German linguistic area from the Fin de Siècle to 1930 and its comprehensive study on the luck leagues islands. It threw a critical light to Buddhismus in the German culture (2000) on the past history of the occupation with the Buddhismus in Europe. Peoples Zotz is considered besides as the prominent German-speaking expert to the Japanese buddhistische tradition of the Jodo Shinshu, in whose practice of the Buddha Amitabha play a special role and which is often compared with the Christianity. Apart from historical and philological research to the Buddhismus Zotz asked as a philosopher for the vital meaning of buddhistischer teachings for European humans. Its in this regard to most common work is that 1987 first published book liberty and luck, which appeared at present since that time under different titles and revisions by the author in always new editions and under the title with Buddha master the life is presented. The literary work of peoples Zotz covers more 20 books and hundreds of contributions to print and electronic media. An accessible bibliography of the complete work does not seem to exist however. The Zotz living in Luxembourg is member of the Austrian section of the P.E.N. Club. It is temporarily also active as literary critics. Thus it supported a re-valuation of the writer Norbert Jacques (“doctor Mabuse “).

Zotz was in its youth a pupil of Lama Anagarika Govinda, whose interpretation of the Buddhismus he criticized later contentwise, but than recognized creative achievement. Govindas Buddhismus exhibits according to Zotz “a strong subjective note, which let him above all that see, what it searched. Its noticing of Asia and the Buddhismus was creative shapes of its own reality. “(On the luck leagues islands, S. 199). Co-operation with the religion philosopher Takamaro Shigaraki on Zotz exerted further strong buddhistischen influence in Japan.

to be generally appreciated, one discusses controversies during its contributions to the Buddhismusforschung in the professional world some the culture-philosophical drafts of peoples Zotz controversially, about which as examples two debates are aforementioned here.

  1. The Euromasochismus debate: In many places, among other things in the conclusion chapter of its history of buddhistischen philosophy, Zotz, by taking a buddhistisch philosophical point of view, criticizes peoples history of ideas and current situation in Europe as too little pluralistisch and latently in a totalitarian manner. By Jens the Heise it was contradicted from philosophical side which despite appreciation of the achievements of peoples Zotz philosophy at its work, buddhistischer for research, criticized, “that western thinking is simply on the contrast to the buddhistischen down-been correct and only as totalitarianism appears. Here the dialectic of the clearing-up seizes decided briefly too. “(Messages of the society for the nature and people customer of Eastern Asia, Hamburg. Magazine for culture and history of east and Southeast Asia 161-162, 1997). Similarly for example the South German newspaper at the 11 judged. January 1997: “An objection. , Runs themselves so much he arranges so correctly peoples Zotz earnings/services and the deficits of the European Buddhismusrezeption… into a Euromasochismus. Everything which from the Christian Monotheismus deduces itself, is for it in a totalitarian manner, dangerously and morally inferior. “Zotz contradicted such interpretations of its work: “Each intercultural learning requires like all learning the aware of unity own weak points.” He knows on it: “Party mention I lack of Europe and strengths of Asia. Above all own errors interest me and other advantages -, I want to learn an important condition, instead of only “objectively” describe.” (On the luck leagues islands, S. 360) Against the fact that Zotz wants to reject the European tradition overall, speaks among other things also its close relationship to the catholicism and its occurring for the conservative-Christian Italian politician Rocco Buttiglione.
  2. The Buddhismus fascism debate: In its book on the luck leagues Zotz in a chapter Buddhisti fascism discusses islands? (S. 220-229), as it is a dangerous weak point of the Buddhismus that it could found no values without Metaphysik in the abendländischen sense in the long run. One criticized these thoughts by Buddhisten, prizipielle Buddhismus critics took up it and radicalized it (e.g. Victor Trimondi and Victoria Trimondi: Hitler, Buddha, Krishna: a unheilige alliance from the third realm to today. Vienna 2002.) For Zotz seems to be however its Buddhismus criticism the consistent counterpart to his European criticism by means of the Buddhismus.


  • Maitreya. Meditations over the Buddha of the future. With a preface of Lama Anagarika Govinda. Hannoversch flowing 1984. ISBN 3-87998-054-3
  • for the Rezeption, interpretation and criticism of the Buddhismus in the German linguistic area from the Fin de Siècle to 1930. Historical sketch and main motives. Vienna: Phil. Diss., 1986.
  • Maitréja. Elmélkedések A jövö Buddhájáról. Körösi Csoma Sandor Buddhológiai Intézet, Budapest 1986
  • liberty and luck. Buddhas theories for the daily life. Munich 1987. ISBN 3-8138-0090-3.
  • André Breton. Rowohlt, Reinbek with Hamburg 1990. ISBN 3-499-50374-3
  • illuminating in the everyday life. Munich 1990. ISBN 3-8138-0175-6.
  • Buddha. Rowohlt, Reinbek with Hamburg 1991, 6. Edition 2001. ISBN 3-499-50477-4.
  • André Breton. Préface de José Pierre. Paris: Édition d'art Somogy, 1991. ISBN 2-85056-199-1.
  • The Buddha in the pure country. Seem Buddhismus in Japan. Diederichs, Munich 1991. ISBN 3-424-01120-7
  • Buddha. Votobia, Olomouc 1995. ISBN 80-85885-72-7
  • history of buddhistischen philosophy. Rowohlt, Reinbek with Hamburg 1996. ISBN 3-499-5537-9.
  • Buddha. Hangilsa, Seoul 1997. ISBN 89-356-0136-5.
  • Master the life with Buddha. Buddhismus for practical men. Rowohlt, Reinbek with Hamburg 1999, 4. Edition 2003. ISBN 3-499-60586-4
  • Confucius. Rowohlt, Reinbek with Hamburg 2000. ISBN 3-499-50555-X
  • on the luck leagues islands. Buddhismus in the German culture. Theseus, Berlin 2000. ISBN 3-89620-151-4.
  • Totus tuus. Mariani reader to the Luxemburger Muttergottes Oktave. Cairo, Luxembourg 2004. ISBN 2-9599829-9-1.

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