Jeffrey Hopkins

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Jeffrey Hopkins (born 1940) is a American Tibetologist. He is Emeritus of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he taught for more than three decades since 1973.[1] He has authored more than twenty-five books about Tibetan Buddhism, among them the highly influential Meditation on Emptiness,[2] which appeared in 1983, offering a pioneering exposition of Prasangika-Madyamika thought in the Geluk tradition. From 1979 to 1989 he was the Dalai Lama's chief interpreter into English[3] and he played a significant role in the development of the Free Tibet Movement.[4] In 2006 he published his English translation of a major work by the Jonangpa lama, Dolpopa, on the Buddha Nature and Emptiness called Mountain Doctrine.[5]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Three Decades and Eighteen PhDs: The Tibetan and Buddhist Studies Legacy of Jeffrey Hopkins at the University of Virginia by David Germano
  2. ^ Jeffrey Hopkins, Meditation on Emptiness, Wisdom Publication, 1996, ISBN 0-86171-110-6, critically reviewed by Matthew Kapstein in Philosophy East and West, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan., 1986), pp. 68-71.
  3. ^ Jeffrey Hopkins Bio at the Dalai Lama Foundation site.
  4. ^ John Powers, The Free Tibet Movement: A Selective Narrative, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 7,2000
  5. ^ Jeffrey Hopkins, Mountain Doctrine: Tibet's Fundamental Treatise on Other-Emptiness and the Buddha Matrix, Snow Lion, 2006

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