Meditation on Emptiness

Meditation on Emptiness

by Jeffrey Hopkins
     
 

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In bringing this remarkable and complex philosophy to life, Jeffrey Hopkins describes the meditational practices by which the Buddhist ideal of emptiness can be realized and shows that, far from being merely abstract, these teachings can be vivid and utterly practical.

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In bringing this remarkable and complex philosophy to life, Jeffrey Hopkins describes the meditational practices by which the Buddhist ideal of emptiness can be realized and shows that, far from being merely abstract, these teachings can be vivid and utterly practical.

Editorial Reviews

Jose Ignacio Cabezon
"One of the great classics... Few subsequent works can be said to equal it in profundity and accessibility."
Georges Dreyfus
"It brought for the first time a sophisticated account of Tibetan interpretrations of Madhyamaka, which was an enormous resource for those interested in Buddhist philosophy."
Tibet Journal
"An important and invaluble work."
MLBD Newsletter
"Hopkins succeeds in bringing this remarkable and complex philosophy to life."
Buddhist Studies Review
"An essential book for anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism or Madhyamika philosophy...and an inexhaustible resource for the study of the Dharma and a major contribution to Buddhist studies."
The Beacon
"This is an extremely practical book. Mr. Hopkins' mind is so infused with Buddhist teachings that he readily translates arcane concepts into practical solutions for the myriad problems of daily existence."
Rev. Danny Fisher
"A rich, comprehensive treatment of emptiness in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition by the remarkable Western scholar and frequent English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is still the standard text on the subject, twenty-five years after its initial publication."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861711109
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Series:
Advanced Book - Blue Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
992
Sales rank:
819,594
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.91(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Hopkins is Professor Emeritus of Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he taught Tibetan Studies and Tibetan language for more than thirty years. He received a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1963, trained for five years at the Lamaist Buddhist Monastery of America (now the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center) in New Jersey, and received a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973. From 1979 to 1989 he served as His Holiness the Dalai Lama's chief interpreter into English on lecture tours in the U.S., Canada, Southeast Asia, Great Britain, and Switzerland. He has published more than twenty-five books, including Meditation on Emptiness, a seminal work of English language scholarship on Tibetan Madhyamaka thought, as well as translations of works by Tsongkhapa, Dolpopa, and His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. At the University of Virginia he founded programs in Buddhist Studies and Tibetan Studies and served as Director of the Center for South Asian Studies for twelve years.

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