A comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist thinker Mipham's work on emptiness and Buddha-nature.
This book provides an in-depth account of Mipham's view, drawing on a wide range of his works and offering several new translations. Author shows how a dialectic of presence and absence permeates Mipham's writings on the Middle Way and Buddha-nature.
Arguably the most important doctrine in Buddhism - Buddha-nature - is, for Mipham, equivalent to the true meaning of emptiness - it is the ground of all and the common ground shared by sentient beings and Buddhas.
This ground is the foundation of the path and inseparable from the goal of Buddhahood. Duckworth probes deeply into Mipham's writings on Buddha-nature to illuminate its central place in a dynamic Buddhist philosophy.
Mipham ('ju mi pham rgya mtsho, 1846-1912) is one of the most prolific thinkers in the history of Tibet and is a key figure in the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism. His works continue to be widely studied in the Tibetan cultural region and beyond.
Douglas S. Duckworth is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at East Tennessee State University.
This book represents a significant contribution to the fields of Tibetan and Buddhist studies, and it fills a gap in our knowledge of Nyingma philosophy.