Meditation on Emptiness

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“An essential book for anyone interested in Madhyamika philosophy.”—Buddhist Studies Review


Jeffrey Hopkins

Please note the ebook edition of this volume is still the original edition of the work. 

In this major work, Jeffrey Hopkins, one of the world’s foremost scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, offers a clear exposition of the Prāsaṇgika-Madhyamaka view of emptiness as presented in the Ge-luk-ba tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In bringing this remarkable and complex philosophy to life, he describes the meditational practices by which emptiness can be realized and shows throughout that, far from being merely abstract, these teachings can be vivid and utterly practical. Presented in six parts, this book is indispensable for those wishing to delve deeply into Buddhist thought.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 1024 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $89.95
  • ISBN 9781614299134
  • ebook
  • 1024 pages
  • $29.99
  • ISBN 9780861717057
about the author
Meditation on Emptiness

Jeffrey Hopkins was 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. Jeffrey Hopkins passed away on July 2, 2024.

Other books by Jeffrey Hopkins:
Kalachakra Tantra
The Tantric Distinction
Meditative States in Tibetan Buddhism
The Wheel of Life

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