A former abbot of one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, Khensur Jampa Tegchok has been teaching Westerners about Buddhism since the 1970s. With a deep respect for the intellectual capacity of his students, Khensur Tegchok here unpacks with great erudition Buddhism's animating philosophical principle - the emptiness of all appearances. Engagingly edited by bestselling author Thubten Chodron, emptiness is here approached from a host of angles far beyond most treatments of the subject, while never sacrificing its conversational approach.
"Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Tegchok is renowned among the great monastic universities for his keen understanding of philosophy, and of Madhyamaka in particular. Here you will find vital points and reasoning for a clear understanding of emptiness."
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche, author of How to Be Happy
"One of the best introductions to the philosophy of emptiness I have ever read."
– Jose Ignacio Cabezón, Dalai Lama Professor and Chair, Religious Studies Department, UC Santa Barbara
"It is wonderful to see these authoritative and extremely clear teachings. They ease us, step by step, into deeper understanding of emptiness and its liberating power. Highly recommended!"
– Guy Newland, author of Introduction to Emptiness
"This jewel of a book contains the essence of the teachings on emptiness that Khensur Jampa Tegchog has been imparting to Westerners for over thirty years, opening the door to this challenging topic for thousands of people. His approach is straightforward, down-to-earth, compassionate, and rich with practical examples that help to clarify the most profound and complex points."
– Ven. Sangye Khadro, author of Awakening a Kind Heart