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"Written with illumination from a terrific scholar."—Jeffrey Hopkins, author of A Truthful Heart
"This 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."—Anne Carolyn Klein , author of Meeting the Great Bliss Queen and Unbounded Wholeness
"Introduction to Emptiness is a marvelously clear, marvelously precise exposition of Tsong-kha-pa'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. It will be required reading in my Buddhist philosophy courses."—Jay L. Garfield, author of Ocean of Reasoning and Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
"Understanding emptiness is the key to the most important aspects of Buddhism—wisdom, compassion, tantra—but is difficult to teach. Guy Newland has drawn on long experience with college students to write a short but rich and pithy guide to emptiness that brims with common sense and apt examples. Anyone interested in Buddhism would benefit from reading it."—Daniel Cozort, author of Buddhist Philosophy and Highest Yoga Tantra
"A guide that furnishes the tools and motivation for further exploration and even the confidence to take the next step, whatever that might be. . . . Introduction to Emptiness is an open-armed invitation into an important and all-too-often forbidding realm of study."—Tricycle
"Fresh and straightforward. . . . Complete and comprehensive."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
"Newland has written a guide that furnishes the tools and motivation for further exploration and even the confidence to take the next step, whatever that might be for the readers to try to comprehend clearly the difficult subject of emptiness, which forms the most crucial aspect of Mahayana Buddhism."—Eastern Horizon
"Guy Newland performs a remarkable feat by presenting the complex concept of emptiness with great clarity and lucidity. 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."—Tibet Journal
"The author makes it clear that emptiness is not a certain spacey-ness but rather it is reality as it is. The thirteen pages of Chapter Bullet Points is an innovative way to provide an outline of this seminal work in Buddhist thought."—New Age Retailer
"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 Magazine
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, Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise.
"This 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, Je Tsongkhapa, writing to teach his own students the most profound meaning of all, the core of the path to liberation."--Anne Carolyn Klein, Professor, Rice University; author of Unbounded Wholeness and Meeting the Great Bliss Queen
Guy Newland is Professor of Religion at Central Michigan University. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a truly exceptional book in giving a clear, understandable account of emptiness as understood by Tsongkhapa, the precursor of the Gelugpas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by yogi snale
Emptiness--sometimes called non-self or the selflessness of phenomena--is, in a word, the recognition that nothing exists independently but all things are interconnected... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lothe
I was looking for my first book on emptiness and
I felt like this book was too advance for my knowledge.
I guess I was looking for something a little more easy on the eyes to read so to speak... It seemed a bit too text book style for me. Read morePublished 20 months ago by tre
This is a great translation of a complex sutta. I will refer to it again and again during my study of Buddhism.Published on September 24, 2013 by mjbick
I have been a student, practitioner, and teacher of Buddhism for forty years. I have practiced and taught Vipassana, Zen, Mahamudra, and Dzogchen meditation. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by L. Ron Gardner
This is a fantastic elaboration of the Buddhist concept of emptiness, of conventional and ultimate reality. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by John Verdon
I’m not very impressed with these Tibetan[?] deeply-dualistic schema of ‘logical’ analysis-paralysis, which produce essentially fake, 'straw dog' concepts, like “Ultimate Reality”... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by BenO