Maurice O'Connell Walshe

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Maurice O'Connell Walshe (1911-1998) was born in London and studied German at the universities of London, Berlin, Vienna, and Freiburg, eventually becoming Deputy Director at the Institute of Germanic Studies, London. An active Buddhist since 1951, he was Vice-President of the English Sangha Trust, as well as author of numerous articles on Buddhism. His published works include a three volume set of essays of the 13th century mystic, Meister Eckhart and, in 1987, Thus Have I Heard, a new translation of the Digha Nikaya. A few months before he died he completed a Buddhist Pali dictionary.

Buddhist publications

  • Buddhism and Death by M. O'C. Walshe (Buddhist Publication Society "Wheel" No. 261; 1978; 56k/15pp.)
  • Buddhism and Sex by M. O'C. Walshe (Buddhist Publication Society "Wheel" No. 225; 1986; 55k/15pp.)

(In this thoughtful and down-to-earth essay, the author explores what it means to live as a sexual being in the light of the Buddha's teachings. As he points out, rigid puritanism and total permissiveness are two extreme views that lie outside the bounds of Buddhism. Says the author: "What [Buddhism] teaches us to do is to map out a sane course between the two.")

  • "Detachment," by M. O'C. Walshe, in The Buddhist Layman (Buddhist Publication Society "Wheel" No. 294/295; 1982; 142k/38pp.)
  • "Giving from the Heart," by M. O'C. Walshe, in Dana: The Practice of Giving, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi (Buddhist Publication Society "Wheel" No. 367/369; 1990; 114k/38pp.)
  • "Having Taken the First Step," by M. O'C. Walshe, in The Buddhist Layman (Buddhist Publication Society "Wheel" No. 294/295; 1982; 142k/38pp.)
  • Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Part III) by Maurice Walshe (Buddhist Publication Society Wheel Publication No. 318-321; 1985; 270k/78pp.)
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