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Introduction to Emptiness

Introduction to Emptiness - coverIntroduction to Emptiness
- As Taught in Tsongkhapa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path
— by Guy Newland

Readers are hard-pressed to find books that can help them understand the central concept in Mahayana Buddhism - the idea that ultimate reality is emptiness.

In clear language, Introduction to Emptiness  explains that emptiness is not a mystical sort of nothingness, but a specific truth that can and must be understood through calm and careful reflection.

Newland's contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes will be helpful to students trying to understand one of the great classic texts of the Tibetan tradition - Tsongkhapa's Great Treatise.

TsongkhapaThis magnificent, readable, and thoroughly engaging work is a modern classic in the making. It invites new practitioners and learned scholars alike to look afresh at the dazzling array of teachings from one of the greatest figures in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

It is a marvelously clear and precise exposition of Tsongkhapa's understanding of emptiness and of the two truths as presented by Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti.

While the exposition is rich in technical detail and textual reference, it is absolutely accessible to the beginning student.

Guy Newland is Professor of Religion at Central Michigan University. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The book is highly recommended for those who are at the initial stage of entry into the vast realm of the Buddhist thought. It is equally useful for those who have traversed their journey quite a bit.

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