Introduction To Emptiness: As Taught In Tsong-Kha-Pa's Great Treatise On The Stages Of The Path Paperback – Oct 16 2009
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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. (New Age Retailer The)
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 (Newland has once)
About 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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One of the best features of this book is Dr. Newland's use of metaphor to convey complex philosophical ideas. This book would be an ideal text for any introductory-level course on Buddhism or eastern religions. It would also be a valuable resource for professors teaching survey courses on world religions who are looking for a text on Buddhism. Finally, this book is also a great read for both novice and advanced practitioners alike who are interested in learning more about emptiness. Do yourself a favor and read this book!
In this book Professor Newland brings together both his informal, humorous teaching style and his deep scholarly knowledge of the text and its traditions. He does a beautiful job of making clear the main concepts of "emptiness" for a more general western reader, while at the same time producing a book which amply rewards the serious student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.
An exceptionally valuable contribution to the English language literature on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice. Highly recommended.
The idea as I understand it is that whatever is not 'self-originating' or brought about by a chain of causality is empty in that it results from a set of conditions that brought it into existence and it is always changing. We may perceive it as constant like the Himalayas but under the conventional surface it is changing imperceptibly from moment to moment as we all are. For not only are physical objects empty or (insubstantial) but people are as well. This concept may seem frightening or confusing but once you take the time to digest it, you will find it very comforting. I am on my third go-round with this little book and every time I read it, its like picking up a new book as the ideas are so profound. Although the concepts were originally expounded thousands of years ago they mesh well with cutting edge developments in quantum mechanics. Introduction to Emptiness is intended as a guide to reading the The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume Three: Lam Rim Chen Mo which I am as yet to humble to take on.
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