Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken

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Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, Bô Yin Râ (1920)

Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, also known as Bô Yin Râ (born 25 November 1876 in Aschaffenburg; died 14 February 1943 in Massagno/Lugano),[1] was a German spiritual teacher, poet and painter.[2][3][4] His legacy comprises forty books and close to two hundred paintings.[5]


Schneiderfranken studied art in the 1890s and 1900s in spite of financial hardship, eventually becoming a professional painter in his thirties. In 1912, he left for Greece. Upon returning to Germany in 1914, he began teaching under the spiritual name Bô Yin Râ.

Again with Kurt Wolff, in 1920 Bô Yin Râ published a number of further works; some of these include The Book on The Royal Art, The Book on Life Beyond, The Book on Human Nature, The Book on Happiness, and The Book of Dialogues.[6]

Schneiderfranken influenced author Gustav Meyrink, composer Felix Weingartner,[4][7] and Eckhart Tolle.[8]


  1. ^ Wolfgang Heller (1995). "Schneiderfranken, Joseph Anton (geistl. Name: Bô Yin Râ)". In Bautz, Traugott (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). Vol. 9. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 569–572. ISBN 3-88309-058-1.
  2. ^ Antoine Faivre (1 October 2010). Western Esotericism: A Concise History. SUNY Press. pp. 105–. ISBN 978-1-4384-3377-6.
  3. ^ "Access to Western Esotericism", Antoine Faivre, SUNY Press, 1994, p. 106
  4. ^ a b Corinna Treitel (9 March 2004). A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern. JHU Press. pp. 128–131. ISBN 978-0-8018-7812-1.
  5. ^ "Brief Biography :: Bo Yin Ra - Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken". Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  6. ^ "Brief Biography :: Bo Yin Ra - Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken". Retrieved 2023-01-05.
  7. ^ "The Virtuoso Conductors: The Central European Tradition from Wagner to Karajan", by Raymond Holden, Yale University Press, 2005, p. 114
  8. ^ "Eckhart Tolle: This man could change your life". The Independent. 21 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2022-06-14.

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