Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Klaus Schlichtmann interviewed.

Klaus Schlichtman in New DelhiKlaus Schlichtmann interviewed in New Delhi April 3rd 2012. Klaus was an early adopter of Buddhism, deciding at the age of sixteen to leave Germany & head East, which he did eventually when he was eighteen, in 1962. In 1964 he arrived at the Sanskrit University Banaras &, remarkably, obtained the post of Lecturer in German, at the age of twenty.

Here he talks about what it was like in Banaras in the early 1960s; later he made a kayak of his own construction and rode it from Banaras to Dhaka, then Calcutta to Puri. Marriage, children, study in Germany & now twenty years teaching Peace Studies (and German) and learning Buddhism & Japanese in Japan, Dr Klaus Schlichtmann is a true renaissance man. His overriding interests these days are his two year old daughter Irena & the development of World Peace & World Federation.

Listen to his interview now.

[podcast]https://theflowerraj.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/20120403-klaus-schlichtman-new-delhi.mp3[/podcast]

Publications:

Japan in the World: Shidehara Kijuro, Pacifism, and the Abolition of War. (by Klaus Schlichtmann, Asiaworld,  [2 vols.], April 2009) Amazon.com

Article Nine in Context “… limitations of National Sovereignty and the Abolition of War in Constitutional Law.” (by Klaus Schlichtmann).

Peace Studies lectures in peace (Movement for UN Reform [UNFOR]).

Photos:

Irena & Klaus (Facebook – login required). Klaus with his young daughter, February 2012.

Klaus in Banaras 1965  “In Banaras on the river Ganges at one of the ghats.”

Buku & Klaus in Banaras 1965 “At the Bauddh Kaksh, Sanskrit University.”

Tashijong – ‘Cosynook’ 1976 “I think this picture of Peter Cooper,  Ngawang Tendup, the English Lama, is in front of “Cosynook” near Tashijong.”

Rutherford, Zimels, Abrams “in Klaus Schlichtmann’s room at the Bauddh Kaksh, Banaras, 1965.”

Links:

Japan in the World: (online) read Klaus’ book on Shidehara Kijuro online at Google Books.

Historian seeks clear U.N. mandate for peace (The Japan Times 15 March 2003) “German-born Klaus Schlichtmann is a peace historian. An academic who found his way late in life — a “seeker” in every sense of the word.”

World Peace Movement for the Abolition of War.

World Federation World Government (Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy).

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Eating Air in India Video – Robin Brown

“The book Eating Air in India is an eclectic compendium of genuine insiders’ knowledge. It has travel, history, spirituality, lust, motorbikes, religion, philosophy, dope, hippy anecdotes, literary references and humour aplenty.”

The Flower Raj presents a video of Robin Brown, a pilot episode for a proposed series based on his book. Robin has lived in India for decades since the 1960s & has both travelled widely & read wisely about India.

Mike Russell-Hills filmed & edited this, a lower resolution version is available on his site & he can be contacted there.

nota bene: as an introductory ‘pitch’ pilot video, this only gives a taste of Robin,  in person  he talks most engagingly about people, places & subjects dear to him and of which most travellers will not even have heard of. Hence I hope to interview him talking and publish the dialogues as audio podcasts on The Flower Raj Blog, If all goes as planned I’ll be engaging with him in Goa this winter (2012).

The Flower Raj will also assist Robin Brown in bringing out “Eating Air…” as a Kindle eBook on Amazon.

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