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Introduction to Emptiness: As Taught in Tsong-ka-pa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path

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Readers are hard-pressed to find books that can help them understand the central concept in Mahayana Buddhism—the idea that ultimate reality is emptiness. In clear language, Introduction to Emptiness explains that emptiness is not a mystical sort of nothingness, but a specific truth that can and must be understood through calm and careful reflection. Newland's contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes will help readers understand this core concept as presented in one of the great classic texts of the Tibetan ...
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Overview

Readers are hard-pressed to find books that can help them understand the central concept in Mahayana Buddhism—the idea that ultimate reality is emptiness. In clear language, Introduction to Emptiness explains that emptiness is not a mystical sort of nothingness, but a specific truth that can and must be understood through calm and careful reflection. Newland's contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes will help readers understand this core concept as presented in one of the great classic texts of the Tibetan tradition, Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This new edition includes quintessential points for each chapter.
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"Written with illumination from a terrific scholar."—Jeffrey Hopkins, author of A Truthful Heart 

"This magnificent, readable, and thoroughly engaging work is a modern classic in the making. It invites new practitioners and learned scholars alike to look afresh at the dazzling array of teachings from one of the greatest figures in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition."—Anne Carolyn Klein , author of Meeting the Great Bliss Queen and Unbounded Wholeness

"Introduction to Emptiness is a marvelously clear, marvelously precise exposition of Tsong-kha-pa's understanding of emptiness and of the two truths as presented by Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti. . . . While the exposition is rich in technical detail and textual reference, it is absolutely accessible to the beginning student. It will be required reading in my Buddhist philosophy courses."—Jay L. Garfield, author of Ocean of Reasoning and Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way

"Understanding emptiness is the key to the most important aspects of Buddhism—wisdom, compassion, tantra—but is difficult to teach. Guy Newland has drawn on long experience with college students to write a short but rich and pithy guide to emptiness that brims with common sense and apt examples. Anyone interested in Buddhism would benefit from reading it."—Daniel Cozort, author of Buddhist Philosophy and Highest Yoga Tantra

"A guide that furnishes the tools and motivation for further exploration and even the confidence to take the next step, whatever that might be. . . . Introduction to Emptiness is an open-armed invitation into an important and all-too-often forbidding realm of study."—Tricycle

"Fresh and straightforward. . . . Complete and comprehensive."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"Newland has written a guide that furnishes the tools and motivation for further exploration and even the confidence to take the next step, whatever that might be for the readers to try to comprehend clearly the difficult subject of emptiness, which forms the most crucial aspect of Mahayana Buddhism."—Eastern Horizon

"Guy Newland performs a remarkable feat by presenting the complex concept of emptiness with great clarity and lucidity. The book is highly recommended for those who are at the initial stage of entry into the vast realm of the Buddhist thought. It is equally useful for those who have traversed their journey quite a bit."—Tibet Journal

"The author makes it clear that emptiness is not a certain spacey-ness but rather it is reality as it is. The thirteen pages of Chapter Bullet Points is an innovative way to provide an outline of this seminal work in Buddhist thought."—New Age Retailer

"Newland has once again tackled the central concept of Mahayana Buddhism in this improved presentation. The book is actually a reworked and fine-tuned version of his earlier edition and brings greater clarity to Tibetan Buddhism's essential philosophical point. . . . Using contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes, the author clearly shows us how to find the answers to what is emptiness.”—Mandala Magazine

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New Age Retailer The author makes it clear that emptiness is not a certain spacey-ness, but rather it is reality as it is. The 13 pages of Chapter Bullet Points is an innovative way to provide an outline of this seminal work in Buddhist thought.
Newland has once
Newland has once again tackled the central concept of Mahayana Buddhism in this improved presentation. The book is actually a reworked and fine-tuned version of his earlier edition, and brings greater clarity to Tibetan Buddhism's essential philosophical point ... Using contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes, the author clearly shows us how to find the answers to what is emptiness. - Mandala Editor's Choice
New Age Retailer
New Age Retailer The author makes it clear that emptiness is not a certain spacey-ness, but rather it is reality as it is. The 13 pages of Chapter Bullet Points is an innovative way to provide an outline of this seminal work in Buddhist thought.
Mandala Editor's Choice
Newland has once again tackled the central concept of Mahayana Buddhism in this improved presentation. The book is actually a reworked and fine-tuned version of his earlier edition, and brings greater clarity to Tibetan Buddhism's essential philosophical point ... Using contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes, the author clearly shows us how to find the answers to what is emptiness. - Mandala Editor's Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393324
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 398,275
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Newland is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University, where he has taught since 1988. He has authored, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism, including the three-volume translation of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.
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Table of Contents

1 How to be free 5

2 Following the path of wisdom 17

3 Our choices matter 27

4 Ultimate and conventional radio 39

5 Reliable sources 48

6 Ultimate reality exists conventionally 56

7 Intrinsic nature 67

8 The two types of Madhyamaka 76

9 Who am I, really? 86

10 From analysis to insight 101

App The quintessential points chapter by chapter 114

Glossary of terms and names 123

Suggested reading 133

Notes 135\

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