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Essence of Other-Emptiness

Essence of Other-Emptiness - coverThe Essence of Other-Emptiness — by Taranatha
- translated by Jeffrey Hopkins

Whereas Dolpopa's massive Mountain Doctrine authenticates the doctrine of other-emptiness through extensive scriptural citations and elaborate philosophical arguments, Taranatha's more concise work translated here situates the doctrine of other-emptiness within the context of schools of tenets, primarily the famed four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, through comparing the various schools' opinions on the status of the noumenon and phenomena.

Jeffrey Hopkins continues his groundbreaking exploration of the Jonangpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism with this revelatory translation of one of the seminal texts from that tradition.

Also included is a supplementary text by Taranatha which presents the opinions of a prominent fifteenth-century Sakya scholar - Shakya Chokden, and contrasts them with those of the leading Jonangpa scholar Dolpopa.

This short book contains two crucial texts on the Jonangpa School's controversial doctrine of 'other-emptiness' written by the Tibetan scholar Taranatha. These texts provide a clear, concise, and approachable source for analysis of the central doctrine of a school that was, until recently, anathematized by the Tibetan Gelukpa establishment.

TaranathaTaranatha (1575-1634) was one of the leading exponents of the Jonangpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Scholar, teacher, and founder of monasteries in Tibet and Mongolia, where he taught for twenty years, his collected writings fill twenty-three volumes.

Jeffrey Hopkins is a seminal and influential scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, he is the author or translator of over thirty-five books on Tibetan Buddhism, including Emptiness in the Mind-Only School of Buddhism (1999), and, as translator-editor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's How to Practice (2002), Kindness, Clarity, and Insight (2006), and How to See Yourself as You Really Are (2006).

Anyone eager to understand the currents and interpretation that flowed through Tibetan Buddhist literary culture and contemplative practice will be delighted by this excursion into the works of one of the more colorful and daring among Tibet's intellectual yogins.

Students and scholars of Tibetan thought will find the work a welcome addition.

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