How to Realize Emptiness and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 11.51
  • List Price: CDN$ 15.95
  • You Save: CDN$ 4.44 (28%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Usually ships within 3 to 4 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

How To Realize Emptiness Paperback – Sep 16 2010


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 11.51
CDN$ 7.08 CDN$ 11.89

Best Books of 2014
Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett’s tour of the world’s most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man’s lands, is our #1 pick for 2014. See all

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought



Hero Quick Promo
Boxing Day Kindle Deals
Load your library with over 30 popular fiction books and more, today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion; 2nd Edition edition (Sept. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559393580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559393584
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

Written by a genuine Buddhist master, How to Realize Emptiness gives accurate directions to explore the nature of reality and come to the correct view of the Middle Way. (Ven. Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners)

Not quite 'emptiness made easy' (an impossibility) but it is at least 'emptiness made comprehensible'. (Dharma Life)

Gen Lamrimpa has a down-to-earth approach to this difficult subject which is immediately accessible to beginning students, further clarified by B. Alan Wallace's translation . [Gen Lamrimpa's] teachings which combine analysis with practical exercises are redolent with compassion and insight. (Nancy Patton, Mandala, Editor's Choice, September 2010)

About the Author

Gen Lamrimpa, born in Tibet in 1934, spent most of his life in meditative retreat in Dharamsala, India. He is the author of Calming the Mind, one of the clearest books in English on shamatha meditation.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

By Calin on Aug. 14 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Madhyamaka Insight Meditation

The Tibetan contemplative Gen Lamrimpa trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation under some of the greatest masters of the twentieth century. After spending twenty years in solitary retreat, he was requested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to take a more active role as a teacher. Subsequently, he accepted an invitation to the West, where he gave the teachings presented here in response to a request for practical instructions on Madhyamaka insight meditation aimed at realizing emptiness.

In Realizing Emptiness, Gen Lamrimpa draws on his theoretical training as well as his solitary meditative experience to show how students can gain realization of ultimate reality. He explains in a practical and down-to-earth fashion how to analyze experience to fathom how it has been misperceived and misunderstood because of our many delusions and how to use Madhyamaka reasoning to experience theway in which all things exist as dependently related events. Those who wish to apply the Madhyamaka view to meditative practice and daily life will undoubtedly find this work to be of great practical value. The book closes with two chapters on Dzogchen and its relation to Madhyamaka.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book - accessible despite the depth of its topic. 133 pages. This is a fundamental and philosophical exploration into the Buddhist concept of emptiness - it bridges the nature of perception and enables the reader to understand the difference between the action of our senses - to sense and the action of our consciousness in designating 'what has been sensed'.

It reveals the general impossibility to sense without designating what is 'sensed' - it illuminates how the work-practice of meditation conjoined with the practice of insight is fundamental to achieving a liberation from reaction to our designations and their impermanence.

Highly highly recommended for anyone interested in insight meditation.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 1 review
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In depth explanation of what is meant by "emptiness" April 26 2013
By Brian Gladu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The concept of "emptiness" is mentioned a lot by Buddhist teachers but it is often given a short explanation that remains cryptic to someone that has not yet realized it experientially. Whenever I read these explanations I struggled to understand, for instance, how we can say "I" or the "self" doesn't exist or how we can say that all phenomena is empty of inherent existence. These claims seem to defy logic, intuition, and experience. The short treatment is unfortunate because the concept is so central to the Buddha's teachings and personal progression along the path.

In this book Lamrapa breaks the concept down into somewhat excruciating detail. This isn't a book you can skim or read through quickly. It is dense and I found myself restarting from the beginning several times to make sure that I was grasping everything. But, it solidified my understanding many times over. In the past I would ponder the concept and try to guess at it's application and exact meaning but never felt confident that I was interpreting and applying it correctly. This detailed account was more helpful than anything else I've read on the topic and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Dharma with the only warning being that it is concept heavy and you should come into it knowing that you'll have to intellectually struggle to grasp its meaning simply because of the complexity of the subject (the perceptual and conceptual mind interacting to create illusion and ignorance).

I am impressed with Wallace's skill as a translator. It's amazing how precise the language is and without a very accurate translation this book could easily have been more confusing than helpful. I'll definitely be seeking out other translations by him.

This book is in my top three Dharma books after having read probably 20 or so.


Feedback