Well-known Buddhist practitioners in Austria
Buddhism is a legally recognized religion in Austria. Although still small in absolute numbers, Buddhism in Austria enjoys widespread acceptance.
A majority of Buddhists in the country are Austrian nationals (some of them naturalized after immigration from Asia), while a considerable number of them are foreign nationals.
Chöje Lama Gelongma Palmo, ; * 1970 Sabine Januschke in Vienna is one of the very few female Lamas of Buddhism and the first ever non Asian, female Chöje Lama.
Lama Palmo is well known for explaining the dharma in an accessible and contemporary way.
Besides her spiritual and social responsibilities, she is actively involved in many fields and is known for possessing a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, as well as being deeply sincere in her compassionate Buddhist activities.
She has for instance established an animal sanctuary, and is very accomplished at both Western and Tibetan Buddhist arts.
Chöje Lama Palmo was sent to Austria by her lineage and its Supreme Head H. H. The Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa in 2004 to teach the dharma.
She established Palpung Europe with its institutes in Purkersdorf near Vienna and Langschlag in the Waldviertel, The European Seat of the Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and the Palpung lineage with its seat in exile in Northern India.
She is Palpung Europe’s Head Lama.
Gustav Meyrink was the pseudonym of Gustav Meyer, an Austrian author, novelist, dramatist, translator, and banker, most famous for his novel The Golem. He has been described as the “most respected German language writer in the field of supernatural fiction”.
Karl Eugen Neumann
Karl Eugen Neumann (1865–1915) was the first translator of large parts of the Pali Canon of Buddhist scriptures from the original Pali into a European language (German) and one of the pioneers of European Buddhism.