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Instructions for Practising the View of Other Emptiness

Instructions for Practising the View of Other Emptiness

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Title Instructions for Practising the View of Other Emptiness
Sub-title A Text of Oral Instructions by Jamgon Kongtrul
Author Tony Duff
Details 150 pages, 1 colour plate, 5.5" X 8.5", US$20, available in paper and in Kindle e-book formats
ISBN paper book 978-9937-572-03-3, e-book 978-9937-572-02-6
Texts Tibetan text in Tibetan script included
This is the translation of a text written by Jamgon Kongtrul Yontan Gyatso after receiving the teachings of the Jonang lineage from the Jonang throne-holder of his time. It is a manual on how to actually practice Other Emptiness, and puts to rest once and for all the idea which has developed that Other Emptiness is merely a difficult philosophy. Thrangu Rinpoche asked me to translate it many years ago because it is one of the few texts available that actually shows the practice of Other Emptiness.

Back Cover Text: Other Emptiness, or Zhantong in Tibetan, is the most profound view taught by the Buddha. It is the very basis of the teaching of the majority of Tibetan Buddhist schools, though has been overwhelmed by some reactive Tibetan Buddhist schools who have argued against it. As a result, it has not been well understood in the West, where it is often thought of as a complicated philosophical view enshrouded in argument. In fact, Other Emptiness is the penultimate teaching of the sutras and the root of all tantras. This book unequivocally shows that the Buddha did not teach this ultimate of views as a complicated philosophy for scholarly argument but as a practical view to be used for the attainment of enlightenment.

The author has received extensive explanations on the Middle Way view during nearly forty years of close association with eminent teachers of all four Tibetan Buddhist schools, so has an unusually clear and comprehensive understanding of the Other Emptiness view. He has recently written a series of books which show Other Emptiness from Kagyu, Nyingma, and Jonang perspectives. This book showcases an instruction manual for the actual practise of the Other Emptiness view. The manual was written by Jamgon Kongtrul, one of the great masters of the Kagyu school. He wrote the manual after going to the throne-holder of the Jonang school, who gave him the entire Jonang transmission of Other Emptiness.

This book has an extensive introduction which will go far towards clarifying Other Emptiness for scholars and practitioners alike. The introduction examines Other Emptiness from many sides, so that even readers who are not technically inclined can understand it. For those who are technically inclined, the text itself provides a wealth of detail on how to develop the view and do the meditation of Other Emptiness.

The book contains a translation of the following text:
Instructions for Practising the View of the Other Emptiness Great Middle way, “Light Rays of Stainless Vajra Moon” by Jamgon Kongtrul Yontan Gyatso

Download Tibetan text in TibetD format: not available yet. This text comes from Jamgon Kongtrul Yontan Gyatso’s Collected Works

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