How to Realize Emptiness
Realizing emptiness, or grasping the true nature of reality, lies at the heart of the Buddhist path. In this book, Gen Lamrimpa offers practical instruction on Madhyamaka insight meditation aimed at realizing emptiness. Drawing on his theoretical training as well as his extensive meditative experience, he explains how to use Madhyamaka reasoning to experience the way in which all things exist as dependently related events.
Gen Lamrimpa masterfully presents the most difficult topic in Tibetan Buddhism. He skillfully weaves exercises with analytical approaches to guide the student who wants to realize emptiness, or reality, as described in Buddhism.
"Written by a genuine Buddhist master, How to Realize Emptiness gives accurate directions to explore the nature of reality and come to the correct view of the Middle Way."—Ven. Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners
"Not quite 'emptiness made easy' (an impossibility) but it is at least 'emptiness made comprehensible'."—Dharma Life
"An important commentary clarifying the Madhyamika view and synthesizing venerated scriptural references enhancing understanding of the view of emptiness. Ven. Gen Lamrimpa's elucidation reflects his remarkable practice and life."—Tenzin Kacho, resident teacher of Thubten Shedrup Ling and Buddhist Chaplain, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
"The teachings are profound and clearly guide one toward realizing the nature of emptiness …. Each chapter is a gem, detailing in clear language the apparent nature of ignorance and its dependence on the "individual" for its existence."—Inner Directions
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Gen Lamrimpa, born in Tibet in 1934, spent most of his life in meditative retreat in Dharamsala, India. He also had a devoted student base in the U.S. and authored one of the most popular books on shamatha meditation—Calming the Mind.
B. Alan Wallace has authored, edited, or translated more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism. An in-demand international teacher, he lives in Santa Barbara, where he founded the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.