Eberhard (alias) Edward Conze
[18.03.1904 - 24.09.1979]
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The Memoirs of A Modern Gnostic - Part I
Life & Letters
Sherborne 1979

Preface … iv-v
I: 1904-1933
Family Background … 1
Schools & Dr. Lietz … 4
Militarism & Buddhism … 6
Universities … 7
The Nazis … 10
II: 1933-1948
First days in London … 11
Ellen Wilkinson & R.H. Tawney … 12
J.P.M. Millar & the NCLC … 14
Books written with Ellen Wilkinson … 15
Spain to-day … 18
Reasons for quitting politics … 20
My first marriage … 28
The importance of Jews in my life … 28
Women in my life … 29
The rediscovery of Buddhism … 30
The rediscovery of astrology … 31
The Psychology of Mass Propaganda … 33
More work on philosophy … 35

Move to Godshill 1940 … 38
Work as a Conscientious Objector … 43
Psychic & other faculties … 46
Move to Oxford … 47
Change of Wife … 48
Work in Oxford … 49
The gestation of Buddhism … 50
Reflections on my life so far … 51
III: 1948-1977
The years after the War … 56
Buddhism … 59
Buddhist Texts begun … 62
Move to London & Ladbroke Square … 62
On standardizing Buddhist terminology … 65
Buddhist Texts completed … 67
Publications through G. Tucci … 68
Activities connected with the London Buddhist Society … 73
The Birds & Buddhist Meditation … 80
Increasing discontent with Classes … 85
The work on Prajñāpāramitā up to 1960 … 86
Providence provides three large gifts … 98
Moves to Datchet, Cox Green & Sherborne … 102
Buddhist Thought in India … 106
Four decisive events in 1962 … 108
Professor in Madison, Wisc. 1963-64 … 114
Mx sixties … 119
My seventies … 132
Literary Work between 1962 – 1978 … 133
Appendices:
Political Articles between 1933 – 1939 … 147
1959 Letter to Prof. von Glasenapp … 153
Bibliography … 154
The Foreign Quotations … 158-60

The Memoirs of A Modern Gnostic - Part I
surveys my intellectual developement, including
those factors which helped or hindered it

You can never do anything
which does not do itself

Memoirs, Part II: p. 65

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