New revised edition. Readers are hard-pressed to find books that can help them understand the central Buddhist concept of emptiness, the ultimate level of reality. In clear language, this scholarly work explains that emptiness is not a sort of mystical "nothingness", but a specific truth that can and must be understood through calm and careful reflection and meditation. 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, Lama Tsong Khapa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, or Lam Rim Chenmo.
"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 Tsong Khapa, writing to teach his own students the most profound meaning of all, the core of the path to liberation." Prof. Anne C.Klein.
"A marvelously clear, marvelously precise exposition of Tsong Khapa'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." Prof.Jay Garfield.
"Understanding emptiness is the key to the most significant 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." Daniel Cozort.
"The Buddha points out the painful and sad futility of our clinging to objects, people, ideas, experiences, and identities that simply cannot be held, no matter how tightly they are grasped...We are afraid to face this lack, this emptiness. Our fear arises from and feeds our grasping, and in this way we build a prison for ourselves, moment by moment. Yet by bravely facing the reality of emptiness, we can let go of our fear, anger, and greed. We can be free." Guy Newland.