Abiding in Emptiness

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“Through this book, Ven. Anālayo continues to build bridges between different Buddhist traditions, linking contemplations on emptiness to ancient doctrines and discourses, while highlighting their common heritage. He skillfully opens an avenue for meditative practice on emptiness for all, including contemporary Theravādin practitioners. This practical guide is for all those with a firm grounding in embodied meditation.” —Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

“When many Buddhist scholars and practitioners hear the word emptiness, they immediately think of the Mahāyāna tradition. But the early Buddhist tradition also incorporates a rich and profound understanding of emptiness and practices for meditation on emptiness. The venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo brings his meticulous scholarship and his deep meditative experience to bear in this beautiful volume that explains how emptiness is understood in early Buddhist traditions, and how to use this understanding in one’s meditative practice. The union of exposition and meditative advice is powerful and is presented with perfect clarity.” —Jay Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Buddhist Studies, Smith College and the Harvard Divinity School


A Guide for Meditative Practice

Bhikkhu Anālayo

Before the growth of the Mahāyānā and the Perfection of Wisdom, the Buddha gave his own teachings, to his attendant Ānanda, on the importance of emptiness (Pāli suññatā, Sanskrit śūnyatā) in formal meditation and everyday practice. In this volume, renowned scholar-monk Bhikkhu Anālayo explores these teachings and shows us how to integrate them into our lives.

Bhikkhu Anālayo draws from instructions found in the Greater and the Smaller Discourses on Emptiness (the Mahāsuññatasutta and the Cūḷasuññatasutta). In each chapter, he provides a translation of a pertinent excerpt from the discourses, follows this with clear and precise explanations of the text, and concludes by offering instructions for practice.

Step by step, beginning with daily life and concluding with Nirvana, Bhikkhu Anālayo unpacks the Buddha’s teachings on the foundational teaching of emptiness.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 200 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $26.95
  • ISBN 9781614299172
  • ebook
  • 200 pages
  • $17.99
  • ISBN 9781614299325
about the author
Abiding in Emptiness

Bhikkhu Anālayo is a scholar of early Buddhism and a meditation teacher. He completed his PhD research on the Satipaṭṭhānasutta at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2000 and his habilitation research with a comparative study of the Majjhimanikāya in light of its Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan parallels at the University of Marburg, Germany, in 2007. His over five hundred publications are for the most part based on comparative studies, with a special interest in topics related to meditation and the role of women in Buddhism.

Other books by Bhikkhu Anālayo:
The Signless and the Deathless
Daughters of the Buddha
Early Buddhist Oral Tradition
Superiority Conceit in Buddhist Traditions
Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research

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