Walter Liebenthal was one of the first European scholars to deal intensively with Chinese Buddhism. While searching for alternative philosophical frameworks, he began to take an interest in Buddhism. In 1933, after the seizure of power by the Nazis, Liebenthal, who had just completed his doctorate, was forced to emigrate from Germany because of his Jewish origins. China offered him and his family shelter and an opportunity to continue his research, first at the Sino-Indian Institute in Beijing, and then, following the Japanese aggression further inland in Kunming, and still later during the period from 1945 to 1952, back in Beijing. In his numerous writings Liebenthal primarily addresses the characteristics of Chinese Buddhism and analyzes which basic ideas of Buddhism are still important in the present day.
The exhibition was designed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Mechthild Leutner and Roberto Liebenthal.